While all eyes are on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his efforts to reform his state’s spending, Indiana is leading the way with broad-based education reforms.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett is pushing several concrete reforms: limiting collective bargaining, expansion of charter schools, increased accountability for teachers and administrators, performance pay for teachers and vouchers for middle and low income Hoosiers.
It is easily the most aggressive education reform agenda in the country. And the aggressive action will cause the National Education Association to put a target on Bennett’s back in the next election.
Big Labor is pulling out all the stops to defeat his agenda. Will the union bosses be successful or will Indiana schools finally put the interests of children first?