November 28, 2018

How Mike Pence helped damage Indiana's public schools

Diane Ravitch -  Indiana declared war on its public school teachers when Mitch Daniels was Governor. The war against teachers intensified [under] Mike Pence. Now districts across the state are experiencing teacher shortages.

This is what Daniels, Pence, and the Legislature wanted. They drove down the cost of education. They placed their bets on school choice. They call it Reform. They are destroying the teaching profession and public education in the state. And they call it Reform.

In a survey this year, Indiana State University researchers asked Indiana school superintendents if they faced a teacher shortage — and how bad the problem was.

“It’s killing us,” one respondent wrote.

“This situation is getting worse each year,” another said. “Scares me!”

“Indiana’s war on teachers is winning,” a superintendent commented.

Out of the 220 districts that responded to the survey, 91 percent reported experiencing a teacher shortage, with most feeling the pinch in science, math, and special education.

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