Indiana's education troubles date back to Daniels

2013-12-05T00:00:00Z Indiana's education troubles date back to Daniels
December 05, 2013 12:00 am

The Times' coverage of the strife on the State Board of Education only seems to focus on Superintendent Glenda Ritz being a Democrat while ignoring the genesis of problems on the board that stretch back to former Superintendent Tony Bennett's predecessor, Republican Sue Ellen Reed.

Reed managed to lead the Department of Education under Democratic governors while consistently seeing modest gains in tests scores year after year.

That ability to work with the state board changed when Gov. Mitch Daniels began to replace the experienced educators with members who fit his ideological view.

It became clear Reed's future was no longer certain when the Daniels board members were openly rude to her.

Despite her success in leading Indiana to national prominence with standards adopted during her tenure, Reed was pushed out of office so Bennett could impose his version of reform.

If the board were to listen to Ritz, perhaps we could get back on the right track.

- Terry Brendel, Valparaiso

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