Gov. Pence was outmaneuvered because he didn’t take a stand for our children, our schools or our freedoms. Now, not only has he disappointed his conservative base, President Obama is going to punish him by threatening to withhold the NCLB waiver, making him look weak and helpless in the public’s eyes instead of a strong leader fighting for what is right. Why else did the Obama administration withhold the report that Indiana was in danger of losing its NCLB waiver until after we had adopted the new college and career standards?
What new demands will the U.S. Department of Education demand or extort in order for Indiana to retain the NCLB waiver this time? The last time it was Common Core, the new national exams and expansive/privacy invading data collecting and tracking of our children — apparently that wasn’t enough.
Glenna L. Jehl