August 23, 2011 2 Comments
As we noted yesterday, Melina Kennedy appears to want to replace either Eugene White, Tony Bennett or her local school board president. She has a television commercial up and has dropped two negative mailers in the last week on education, an issue that the Mayor of Indianapolis does not have much control over.
Since Kennedy wants to spend so much time talking about education, she must have some clearly staked out positions on education reform, right? You’d think so, but no. We’ve never heard her say anything about any of the education reforms that were passed in the legislative session.
Ok, maybe education reform isn’t her cup of tea. So Kennedy has a position on mayoral control of Marion County schools, right? Wrong again. Kennedy hasn’t said if she is for or against mayoral control either. Is it just IPS that is a concern or all the township schools too? You guessed it, she hasn’t said.
How is Melina Kennedy going to solve these problems? She hasn’t been very specific. Kennedy has highlighted some fundamental issues that everyone believes are important but she doesn’t give specific ideas of how she will solve these problems.
The Mayor of Indianapolis does actually have authority over charter schools. Kennedy must be focused on that issue then, right? Nope. She doesn’t seem to talk about Indianapolis charter schools either even though they are some of the best schools in the state of Indiana.
Feeling like you don’t really know where Melina Kennedy stands on education? Don’t worry, she doesn’t either.