GREENFIELD — It was a shock to some that Tony Bennett, the state school superintendent who had been a leader in education reforms in Indiana, was defeated Tuesday night.
A teacher from Indianapolis, Democrat Glenda Ritz, defeated Bennett. The victory sent jubilation through local and state teacher associations. The outcome was exactly what local educators say they wanted, expected and had to have.
“We think Glenda’s victory should be seen as a referendum on the reforms that Bennett has very aggressively pushed through,” said Patricia Laughlin, Mt. Vernon Teacher’s Association president.