Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett offered the following statement in response to Senate Bill 1’s passage in the House Education Committee today:
“Following moving testimony from Indiana teachers and school leaders, members of the House Education Committee advanced legislation that transforms the teaching profession by allowing schools to recognize the hard work and commitment of their great educators. SB 1requires teachers and principals to receive meaningful yearly feedback based on multi-faceted, locally-developed evaluations, and it allows these evaluations to be a factor in determining educators’ salary increases. This legislation aims to make sure every student has a quality teacher in the classroom.
“I applaud Chairman Behning and other committee members for working collaboratively with all stakeholders to clarify the bill’s language to ensure it achieves its intended purpose—to recognize and support outstanding student instruction. Additionally, by including Representative Koch’s amendment to define ‘attendance’ and strengthen administrator responsibility for reporting habitual attendance issues, the committee members added changes that reinforce and explain the importance of parental involvement in their children’s education.
“I am encouraged by the positive steps taken in committee today and hope this critically important bill will continue to move forward; the students of Indiana have waited long enough.”