Voters get an education
Sometimes up is down in politics, and thats surely the case with Indianas Senate District 36 contest this year.
The drama began when the Indiana State Teachers Association endorsed Republican incumbent Brent Waltz. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the states largest teachers union does endorse Republicans on occasion, but Waltzs legislative record makes him no friend of public education. While he voted against the right-to-work bill opposed by unions, he voted in support of taxpayer-funded vouchers for private and parochial schools.
But the odd pairing becomes a bit more clear with another endorsement. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce endorsed Waltzs challenger, current Rep. Mary Ann Sullivan, D-Indianapolis. She voted against the voucher bill, but has generally been a strong supporter of the education reform agenda, including teacher evaluations tied to student test scores and charter-school expansion. The chamber describes Sullivan in a news release as a nationally recognized leader in charter school and education reform efforts.
Sullivan is a founder of Indianas Democrats for Education Reform, with a platform much more similar to the Republican majoritys education platform than its name would suggest.
For voters in Senate District 36, a scorecard might be helpful to follow whos who on education issues.