It’s ludicrous to equate Tony Bennett’s defeat in the school superintendent’s race with public rejection of a school reform agenda, as many in the education bureaucracy are trying to do.
The public wants better schools, which is why Glenda Ritz, the teacher-Democrat who upset Bennett, must be extremely cautious before trying to dismantle any reform ingredients put in place by Bennett and Gov. Mitch Daniels.
The public feels about schools and teachers much like they do about members of Congress. They don’t like ’em, unless they happen to be their teachers and their schools. In that case, they’re just fine. No one wants to admit their own offspring might be getting a second-rate education.