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The results are in and Ed Reform, our non-partisan candidate, had a mixed performance. Let’s see how eight key races and referenda turned out:
Ed Reform Idol Tony Bennett's loss was an unexpected blow.
Photo by Joe Portnoy.
So yes, for those of you keeping score, that’s six wins for Ed Reform and two losses (although plenty of other issues decided on Tuesday hold important implications for local schooling). In my book, however, the Bennett defeat looms so large as to crush any celebration.
What does this mixed pattern mean for school reform? It’s hard to say. Did Bennett and Luna push too far, too fast with their suite of reforms? Maybe. Or did they simply not raise enough money to fend off challenges? (Is it finally time for Republicans for Education Reform—a DFER equivalent that could come to the aid of bold conservative reformers?)
One thing is for sure: Indiana is going to be a fascinating place to watch, as a Republican governor and strongly Republican legislature do battle with a union-backed Democratic state superintendent.
No victories are permanent. But neither are defeats. The fight goes on.