Senate Bill 1 was approved today, another swift kick to Indiana public school teachers. Evaluations based on student performance are just one of dozens of measures that will have a profound effect on the profession.
This editorial looks at another, additional requirements heaped on teachers by Republicans who decry big government at every opportunity.
Beyond the high-profile issues like vouchers, merit pay and charter school expansion, there's a subtext to the General Assembly's work this session. Deanna Martin of the Associated Press maps it out well in this story. The bottom line here is that GOP lawmakers are shrewd enough to know that school district consolidation is politically unpalatable and clever enough to know that they can achieve the same thing by financially starving small districts.
Whether or not Hoosiers figure out what's happened depends on Indiana Democrats. I'm guessing that former House Speaker John Gregg, whose small-town roots are authentic, is in a great position to do just that as he seeks the Democratic nomination for governor.