State Superintendent Tony Bennett has named 15 Indiana teachers to an advisory panel, the Indiana Education Reform Cabinet.
"The IERC was created to provide classroom teachers a recognized forum for asking questions and providing thoughtful feedback on the state's newest education initiatives. Meetings will cover topics such as Indiana's Growth Model, Rule Revisions for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA), Common Core State Standards, the Learning Connection, teacher and principal evaluation processes, and legislative efforts," according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Education.
If the panel members are truly allowed to give honest feedback on issues affecting students and classroom teachers, it's a promising development. If the cabinet's role is simply to rubber-stamp DOE's initiatives, however, it will be a waste of time for all.
It's ironic that the news release cites the REPA revision because that process is a perfect example of how the state charged ahead with its agenda, ignoring the professionals involved and creating much more strife than was necessary.
Here are members of the cabinet:
Indianapolis Public Schools
Thomas Carr Howe Community High School
Rockville Community School Corporation
Rockville Jr-Sr High School
Gary Community School Corporation
Daniel Webster Elementary
Goshen Community Schools
Goshen High School
Randolph Central School Corporation
MSD Steuben County
Angola High School
Monroe County Community School Corporation
Bloomington High School North
Teaching coach, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation
Greater Clark County Schools
Jeffersonville High School
Richmond Community Schools
Richmond High School
Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School
Eastern Howard School Corporation
Eastern Jr. & Sr. High School
MSD Wayne Township
Garden City Elementary
Wabash City Schools
O J Neighbours Elementary
Daniel J. VandeBunte
MSD of Boone Township
Hebron High School