INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence wholeheartedly embraced charter schools and Indiana's private school voucher program during a Statehouse rally Monday where he declared "education reform rocks."
"I truly believe if we put kids first, if we give parents more choices and teachers more freedom to teach, education in Indiana will continue to rock, and it will continue to open doors of hope and opportunity for this generation and the next," Pence said.
The first-term Republican said the state's A-F school grading system -- which the Republican-controlled General Assembly is considering eliminating -- is holding schools accountable for student success and alerting parents of the some 200,000 students in schools rated "D" or "F" that there are other education choices.
"We know that we have made progress, but for the sake of our kids we are going to demand great schools in every community serving every child in the state of Indiana," Pence said.
Glenda Ritz, the Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, was not invited to the education reform rally, according to her spokesman, Daniel Altman.