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Updated: December 25, 2013 6:13AM
Education, or politics?
Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, has written letters of opinion to local news outlets on two occasions with in the last 10 days on the issue of education in the state, touting the progress of his and the past administration’s actions in this area.
What Mr. Pence fails to point out is the misdeeds and possible violations of ethics and laws, both state and federal.
Let’s start with the alteration of charter school performance grades by the former state education superintendent, Mr. Bennett, a favor to a political fund donor to his campaign for re election who runs a charter school. Also, the use of state facilities and personnel to aid in a campaign to discredit his opponent in his bid for re-election which is now under investigation.
Then, of course, the previous governor (Mitch Daniels) made sure the board of directors that he appointed elected him to be the president of Purdue University. Before leaving the governor’s office, he promoted the banishment of a book on U.S. history written by an author who opposed his political position.
After pledging to remove himself from any political activity after taking the position as president of Purdue, in less than a year, he spoke at a political function in Minnesota for a fee.
Now on to Mr. Pence. Mr. Pence stated in his opinion letter (Opinion, Nov. 17) that he wishes to “work with the Department of Education and the state superintendent” while he is turning a blind eye to the actions of the Indiana state board of education in excluding the superintendent from a meeting of the board on a vote of policy. It is mandated by state law that the superintendent be included in any actions by the board.
All these actions seem to be more for retaining political power rather than for the benefit of all the children of Indiana or for the improvement of their education.
Gerald E. Jawor