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Indiana education strife hits a new low

Today's editorial:

Who benefits when elected officials engage in battle? Certainly not taxpayers, who ultimately pick up the legal tab. Certainly not their constituents, whose best interests are sidelined during the fight. The time for battle is Election Day, when candidates make their case and voters choose a winner.

In terms of education policy, the battle should have ended last November, when Democrat Glenda Ritz soundly defeated incumbent Republican Tony Bennett to become superintendent of public instruction. That Ritz struggles for authority to carry out her platform nearly a year later is an affront to Indiana voters and the democratic process.

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Karen Francisco, editorial page editor for The Journal Gazette, has been an Indiana journalist since 1981. She writes frequently about education for The Journal Gazette opinion pages and here, where she looks at the business, politics and science of learning as it relates to northeast Indiana, the state and the nation. She can be reached at 260-461-8206 or by e-mail at