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2016’s Biggest Winners and Losers

Monday, November 14th, 2016

So now that we’ve had a week to digest the election results, it’s time to pick the winners and losers of 2016.   This list is not all inclusive and you are free to add anyone you think we should have. Winners Mike Pence, Vice-President Elect Rumors of Mike Pence’s political demise were grossly exaggerated.  A […]

Some Post-Election Results

Friday, November 11th, 2016

There were a lot of story lines out of Election night,Trump’s victory, the GOP Sweep, but we think the most under-reported story line was the fact that highest vote getter in the state of Indiana in 2016 was not Donald Trump, but Attorney General Elect Curtis Hill.  Take a look at these results… Curtis Hill […]

The Superintendent and Segregation

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

As a child of parents who grew up in the segregated south in the 1940s and 50s, I got more annoyed than usual when I read Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz blamed school choice and vouchers as a contributing factor for increased segregation in Indiana schools. In an interview with Chalkbeat Indiana, Ritz said […]

Let’s Talk About Textbooks

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz wants to give all parents in public school a $1,000 tax credit to help public school parents cover the costs of textbooks and other education related expenses. Election year pandering notwithstanding, I agree with Ritz from this perspective, no parent in a public school who is already paying taxes […]

Be Careful What You Wish For

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Back on June 15, 2015, just hours before he filed for re-election, Indiana Democrats called on voters to “Fire Mike Pence”. They argued Pence hurt the state with support of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  They also said Indiana was falling behind when it comes to jobs and wages. I remember the rhetoric quite well.  […]

My Top 10 of 2015

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Well, it’s that time of year where I trot out my top ten stories of 2015.   So here we go, in reverse order to get you to read all the way down to the bottom…  Dan’s  Departure –  Dan Coats decides not run for re-election to the U.S. Senate.  I was planning to list all the […]

The Ritz Rollout

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

If her campaign rollout last week was any indication, Glenda Ritz has a lot of work to do if she wants to be Governor of Indiana. Leading up to the announcement, Ritz and her team played coy about what they were doing, until they made the amateur mistake of releasing their letter of support for […]

Putting Off the Ritz

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

[Cue the Apocalyptic Music] When the House Education Committee voted this past week 8-3 to allow the State Board of Education (SBE) to choose its own Chair rather than have Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz automatically chair the meetings you would have sworn the world was coming to an end. The dead were rising […]

So Much for Ritz and the Revolution

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

You may not be aware of this, but Glenda Ritz  announced her re-election bid this week and Tuesday night she lost. At an education forum on the west side of Indianapolis, Ritz told the “pro-public education” crowd that she was going to run again for the job.   And then Tuesday happened. Although the Superintendent of […]

State Public Access Counselor Says Ritz Office Violated Public Records Act

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The Indiana Public Access Counselor has issued an advisory opinion saying it believes the Department of Education violated the state’s public access law when it failed to respond to my request last year for e-mails regarding former Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett. A copy of the opinion can be found here. The request […]