Rich James's Dec. 15 column hit the nail on the head. He's right; Gov. Mike Pence and the Republicans have set out to assault and destroy our public schools.
We liked our schools before former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett (now unemployed for fixing school rankings), and we like them now with Glenda Ritz (an actual educator trying to do her job).
But what we don't like is Republican leadership constantly trying to tell local communities what they should do in their schools (either by determining that the curriculum should be focused on vocational studies) or that we should send our school tax dollars to unproven and unsuccessful (but probably "connected" to Republicans) charter schools.
Get Indianapolis out of our classrooms and let our teachers continue to do their good work without interference. Most important, let's keep our tax dollars in our community and finally pay our public school teachers what they are worth.
- Thomas Schneider, Dyer