Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett filed a large contribution report (required for contributions over $1,000) last week showing a $10,000 campaign contribution from Robert L. Luddy of Raleigh, N.C.
"Luddy, the founder and CEO of Raleigh, North Carolina-based CaptiveAire Systems, Inc., has battled lawmakers and rocked local school systems by building private schools with pricey tuition and limited enrollments," according to a bio on a University of Louisville speaker series profile. "He believes the schools are necessary to give parents choices beyond overcrowded and overburdened public school systems."
Luddy was the target of a protest at North Carolina State University in 2010, according to a blog devoted to the Wake County school system.
A brochure promoting the demonstration proclaimed: "This small but wealthy minority is threatening the future of our entire education. Luddy and his cohorts can't be allowed to freely dismantle public education to further their agendas."