1. Federal Politics
- The Affordable Care Act passes the House and the Senate.
- The Affordable Care Act is signed into law by the President.
- The Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of Affordable Care Act.
- President Obama runs for reelection citing the Affordable Care Act as one reason to reelect him. He is reelected.
- Opponents of the President’s policies try to reverse them through repeated efforts to repeal the ACA, but are unsuccessful.
- Opponents insist that the President re-negotiate the law. He refuses and this leads to an eventual shut down of the government.
2. State Politics
- Glenda Ritz challenges Tony Bennett for the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and succeeds in gaining 1.3 million Hoosier votes, more than any other elected official in the state, including the governor.
- It’s revealed that during his tenure as Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett manipulated the A-F grading system for schools to benefit a wealthy political donor. During the investigation it’s further revealed that the A-F grading system is flawed, in part because it was rushed into use without close consideration of its value and accuracy.
- The Governor forms a new organization which duplicates the role of the Department Of Education. Also, HERE and HERE.
- The Governor’s voices on the SBOE remove the calculation of the A-F grading system from the purview of the DOE and hand it to the pro-Bennett legislature. Also HERE.
Compare and Contrast
Election Results: Changing the results of an election through political manipulation
A Legislature with a super-majority in both houses vs. a legislature with split control
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All who envision a more just, progressive and fair society cannot ignore the battle for our nation’s educational future. Principals fighting for better schools, teachers fighting for better classrooms, students fighting for greater opportunities, parents fighting for a future worthy of their child’s promise: their fight is our fight. We must all join in.