Indianapolis Democratic Mayoral candidate Melina Kennedy sent out a second mailer this week.* She continues to push education, although the Mayor has a limited role in education in the city.
I did notice something in her mailer, when she talks about failing schools she is referring only to Indianapolis Public Schools, not the township, charters or private schools. Look at the the bottom of her mailer and you will see she cites that her stats for the dropout rate and lack of student progress come from the Indiana Department of Education 2009-2010 school year. I’ve embedded a copy of it below.
I think Kennedy is running an excellent campaign for IPS school board. And looking at most of the current crop, I’d recommend voting for her if that was the office she was seeking. And I am sure if asked she would agree that IPS Superintendent Eugene White needs to be fired because of these results. I say that if she thinks Greg Ballard should lose his job because of an education system he has no direct control over, then logic only dictates that the people directly in charge of the failing schools should be fired as well.
* I put the asterisk mark there because if you look closely at the mailer you will see that it is not paid for by the Melina’s campaign nor the Marion County Democrats but by the Indiana Democratic State Party. That means one of two things, Melina is having money problems or she doesn’t trust county Chairman Ed Treacy. I know money isn’t a problem because she reportedly told her fellow Democrats earlier this year that she would have plenty of money to compete, so it must be the latter. And after Ed’s most recent misadventure with printed materials, I frankly don’t blame her for making the decision.