Ritz claims that: "Over the last few years, Governor Pence diverted taxpayer money into private school vouchers, fought to expand unaccountable charter schools, attempted to oust the democratically elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction, worked to undermine the rights of teachers, and defamed the very profession of teaching."
- The Legislature also increased K-12 public education funding by $480 million - the largest increase in state history.
- Charter schools are not unaccountable. They administer all the state required assessments such as ISTEP. They can receive a failing grade for 4 consecutive years before state intervention is required, whereas traditional public schools can still currently fail for 6 consecutive years before the state will intervene. Charter schools also have an additional layer of accountability from their individual authorizes and can be shut down if they perform poorly.