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Questions remain about Indianapolis Mayor-Elect Education Plans

The question about Mayor-elect Joe Hogsett, who cruised to an easy defeat of Chuck Brewer Tuesday, that people in education in the city want answered is pretty simple: what kind of Democrat will he be?

Will Hogsett be a “new” Democrat in the mold of former Mayor Bart Peterson and continue what Peterson began 15 years — a consistent stretch of education policy that favors opening new charter schools and change in Indianapolis Public Schools?

Or will he prove to be a traditional Democrat, standing with unions, party leaders and most Democrats who see charter schools and other reform efforts as an attack on working class teachers and other school employees or an effort to create a pathway for companies to profit from education?