Education and the Indianapolis Mayor’s Race
June 9, 2011 1 Comment
Over the last few weeks, education has become a prominent issue here in Indianapolis. This is mainly due to the likely prospect of state takeover of 7 IPS schools that have failed to meet minimum standards for six consecutive years. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett began holding meetings at each of the schools facing the possibility of state takeover to engage the community in the discussion.
Melina Kennedy came out with what she has been calling an education plan. We’ve read it and, like most of the things we’ve read from her campaign, it seems to be a lot of talk without details or action.
Yesterday, Mayor Ballard gave a speech where he said he plans to request control over any IPS schools that end up being taken over by the state. He also indicated that while this opens the dialogue for mayoral control over all of IPS, he believes the first priority should be these specific schools and any expansion of mayoral control should happen based on success in those initial schools and a community discussion of broader action.
This approach makes sense to us. The Mayor should show he can make a positive difference in schools before taking them all over. If they are successful in making changes to these schools, the general community will be more willing to support an expansion of mayoral control. And, if the Mayor can make a positive change, the community should be willing to support mayoral control.
Our question is where does Melina Kennedy really stand on the issue?