StateImpact Indiana reporter Elle Moxley provides this quote from outgoing state schools superintendent Tony Bennett:
Bennett starts his new job as Florida Commissioner of Education Monday. But he says he’s not worried about state lawmakers dismantling the education system he built with Gov. Mitch Daniels.
“I think we have a huge amount of political will in [Gov. Mike Pence‘s] office around education reform,” says Bennett. “I think the fact we have a supermajority in the House and Senate speaks highly to that.”
So Bennett is admitting he owes his Indiana success to his fellow republicans and partisan politics. There’s no mystery that Florida would not have it’s testing first, privatization via charter school model without the republican party of Florida having it’s own “supermajority.’ Republicans in Florida’s state house and in other states bemoan the power play Washington democrats imposed on the nation with Obamacare. How ironic. Bennett is sure to be counting on similar partisanship continuing in Florida so he only has to give lip service to democrat legislators who seek to hold him accountable