News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 27, 2013

RONN MOTT: The Governor’s Schools

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — The superintendent of public instruction for the State of Indiana was defeated in the most recent election for that position. His name is Tony Bennett. He had set aside almost all opposition to the changes he was going to make in the educations systems in Indiana. However, he was defeated in his run to maintain his job.

Now Gov. Mike Pence is about to form the Center for Education and Career Innovation. He says it is to align education and career with workforce training. Maybe it’s time for Pence and his Tea Party hangers-on to get to the truth. It would appear the truth is the governor wants to destroy any union movement within teachers organizations and, ultimately, destroy public education as we know it in the State of Indiana.

I remember writing that while Mike Pence had warm and fuzzy commercials for his election to the governor’s mansion, he was at heart a hard-core right-winger, and we would learn about that when he got into the governor’s mansion. Our lessons are now beginning. Unfortunately, it is the lives of our children who will be warped when Gov. Pence and his Tea Party cohorts put politics over and above the education of them.

What Mike Pence should be doing is apologizing for Tony Bennett’s stupidity. He changed the grade performance of a private charter school from a C to an A. He did it to placate a Republican donor who had a large financial interest in this charter school. I mean, does that stink or what?

Our public school system isn’t perfect, but whether it has been Democrats or Republicans, we have kept the poison of politics out of the education of our children.

But now, thanks to recent political actions, the smell is not good.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com.