|Rep. Bob Behning|
Behning, who has drawn the ire of public school teachers and administrators across Indiana, currently has no general election opponent. Surprising considering that he comes with a built-in constituency strongly opposing him.
And, before you blame me, the Democrats never asked. If they did, I likely would have said no because I just went through a long election season. I will be willing to help anyone who runs.
Also, I suppose I should add, full disclosure, I did nominate him for the Alumni Wall at Ben Davis due to his status as a State Representative.
Times have changed, though...a lot.
This is the man who has carried water for ALEC, Mitch Daniels, Tony Bennett, and now, Mike Pence when it comes to public education. Every cockamamie scheme to come down the Wabash to stick it to public education, he's tried. From expanding charter schools to then hobbling their funding by expanding vouchers...it all has this man's fingerprints. The ISTEP failures and everything else that's passed through the legislature has gone through his committee.
At the legislative level, it's Bob Behning.
|House District 91|
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Nope, it has to be someone out there. Someone like you. Are you a teacher that lives in House District 91 that's fed up? Are you a Democrat that's rarin' mad about what the Republicans have done to our schools? It's too late to file for the primary, but there will be a chance to fill open ballot slots prior to June 30. Don't give Behning a "hall pass" back to the legislature in November. It's a Presidential Election year and when teachers get mad enough, we can do a lot.
Just ask Bennett.
EDITOR'S NOTE: In early versions of this post, I referred to Mr. Behning as "public enemy number one to public education and teachers". In retrospect, this language was harsh and inappropriate and out of character for the kind of blog I've tried to build.
I don't feel that way at all about Representative Behning with whom I share a cordial relationship. While he is wrong on education policy, he is a good man. In my efforts to be creative, I went too far, and I apologize to him.