Dr. Tony Bennet, Indiana Superintendent
of Public Instruction
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Southeast Indiana teachers will have the opportunity to grill - or support - Dr. Tony Bennett later this month.
Bennett is Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. He’s been helping Gov. Mitch Daniels lead the charge for education reforms in the state legislature which have drawn the ire of various teacher unions.
State Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) wrote on his Facebook and Twitter accounts that Bennett would accompany him at a public town hall meeting Thursday, March 17 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Lawrenceburg High School.
Bennett has been touring schools around the state attempting to build support. The reforms include limiting teachers collective bargaining rights and opting to pay teachers based on their effectiveness, not seniority.
“Indiana’s educators deserve respect and gratitude for dedicating their lives to preparing children for success. They are not the problem in our current system of schools,” Bennett said in a statement last week after the state Senate had passed two reform bills.
“On the other hand, the organizations that represent them too often are purely focused on protecting and advancing adult interests. This session, we have an historic opportunity to drive dramatic improvements in our schools. These organizations could and should be incredible partners in crafting and forwarding these reforms. Instead, they continue to fight against any change and seek only to defend the ineffective status quo.”
Many of Bennett’s recent education meetings have been contentious and very well-attended, with opponents of his agenda bringing signs in protest of the reforms.