Republican mayoral candidate Tim Smith pledged this morning to send more public money to area public and private schools and teachers.
During a news conference at Republican headquarters in Fort Wayne, Smith laid out a six-point platform of his positions on educational issues while chastising Democratic Mayor Tom Henry for inaction.
"The mayor has said he has no role in education. I fundamentally disagree," Smith said.
He acknowledged later that "constitutionally speaking" Henry's statement is correct.
But Smith said the mayor does have a role in several areas – promoting safety of students, helping connect students with employers, assisting teachers financially and advocating for schools and teachers at the state level.
He proposed as specifics spending more money on sidewalks so children can walk to school more safely and stationing at least one and possibly a second school resource officer in all schools if desired.
He also said he would set up a website for employers and students to connect with each other.
Teachers, Smith said, would be eligible for money from the interest on the Legacy Fund as reimbursement for buying supplies out of their own pocket.