GARY | There is a war on women not only in Washington, D.C., but in Indianapolis, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor said Friday.
Senate Democratic Leader Vi Simpson, D-Ellettsville, said a line has to be drawn in the sand today and on Nov. 6 because if it’s not, women will have bigger battles later on.
Simpson was joined by Democratic candidate for state superintendent of public instruction Glenda Ritz at a fundraiser luncheon at Marquette Park Pavilion co-hosted by state Sens. Karen Tallian and Linda Lawson.
The pair discussed women’s, children’s and education issues.
Simpson said the last four years of the General Assembly have been “dreadful and that women are this close to going back to the 1960s and ’70s when they fought for financial independence, educational opportunities and access to health care."
“This is serious business,” she said. “Because I have a daughter, and I have two granddaughters. And I don’t want them to have to fight the same battles I had to fight.”
Simpson said the war on women is not the only war waged on the middle class, working families, immigrants, the poor and elderly and children with disabilities. She said Indiana residents don’t need more extremism in Indianapolis.
“We need to return Indiana to the middle of the road,” she said. “That’s what Hoosiers are.”
Ritz, who is teaching part time during her election campaign, said assessment is one of her platform issues.
“We are assessing kids all the time,” she said. “We are having so much assessment that we are not having time to instruct or teach them anything in-depth because we’re always having to move on to the next test.”
Ritz said other issues of hers include public money going to private schools and more charter schools being introduced, which takes away money “from all of us so everybody has less.”
She said career technical training also has come to a halt.
“Teachers all over Indiana are fired up,” she said.
Ritz said education is getting de-professionalized. There are simple ways anyone with a bachelor’s degree, not in even in education, can take a test to become licensed to teach.
“We are going to have unqualified people in our classrooms teaching our students,” she said.