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Q&A: Glenda Ritz says she’s wants to create ‘inclusive’ education policy

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat Glenda Ritz defeated Republican Tony Bennett in a surprise upset for the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction last week. The teacher and librarian at Crooked Creek Elementary in Indianapolis did it by bringing together educators, parents and others frustrated by some of the big changes Bennett has […]

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Commentary: Voters sent message but GOP might not be listening

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Oh, what strange things partisanship and ideology can be. The day after the votes had been counted in the 2012 election, Republican leaders new and old in state government declared that nothing – not even a pesky upset – was going to stop them from pursuing and implementing their […]

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Pence to move forward with education changes even as Democrats take superintendent post

By Tim Grimes and Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov.-elect Mike Pence said Wednesday he will push forward with education reforms including private school vouchers and merit pay programs for teachers, despite the defeat of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, who has been the biggest advocate for the changes. Democrat Glenda Ritz, a teacher […]

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Glenda Ritz wins surprise state superintendent victory over incumbent Republican Tony Bennett

By Zach Osowski TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Upstart Democrat Glenda Ritz rallied teachers and others across the state Tuesday to win a surprise victory over incumbent Republican Tony Bennett in the race for Indiana superintendent of public instruction. Ritz took the stage at 10:30 p.m. at a Democratic rally to declare victory, shortly after Bennett conceded […]

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Howey/DePauw poll finds Donnelly up big over Mourdock while gap closes in governor’s race

Survey also finds superintendent race may be close Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat Joe Donnelly has opened a double-digit lead over Republican Richard Mourdock in the Indiana Senate contest – in part due to female voters, according to a poll released Friday. The Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll – the first independent survey to be […]

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Tony Bennett sings praises of Indiana education; Democrat points out problems

By Sandie Love The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett used his third annual State of Education speech Tuesday to highlight advancements he said schools have made in recent years. Watch Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett’s 3rd annual State of Education by clicking here. More students are passing the ISTEP+ […]