Dr. Richard Wood, the Democrat Party’s candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, spoke to Third District Democrats on July 26, 2008. Dr. Wood served as Superintendent of the Tippecanoe School Corporation for 19 years.

Dr. Wood assisted in the launching of an Ivy Tech Early College program, as well as the Purdue University Early College program. His tenure was also marked by the creation of numerous alternative school options, a freshman success program, and Centers for Advanced Studies.

Richard Wood received his BA, JD, and EdD from Indiana University . He currently lives in Lafayette with his wife Carol, and has two grown children. Prior to serving in Lafayette, he was the Assistant Superintendent for the Warren Township School System.

Dr. Wood answered questions intermittently as he spoke about the educational issues facing our state. He acknowledged that Indiana has a high rate of students who do not graduate – an astounding 25%. He also reiterated his position that local control is paramount in resolving the issues our school systems are facing.

Roger Hirt, Wayne Township Trustee Rick Stevenson, Dr. Richard Wood, Mark GiaQuinta


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. clint jenkins says:

    I never understood how the state can say 25% Dont graduate. Do you believe this statistic? They say anyone who joins a high school then moves is considered in the “didnt graduate” aspect. More than 75% graduate– the problem is some(because of govt schools) should not.

  2. I am not sure what is included in the statistic – I will have to check . I know the last time I reviewed our state graduation statistics, I didn’t think moving was a factor, but it could be.

    If it is included, then somehow, the state should track whether that student ever graduated from an Indiana high school or simply moved out of state, which would be impossible to track.

    In any event, 3 of 4 graduate, which is a positive way of looking at the statistic.

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