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Indiana teachers' group calls for 'authentic cooperation'

Statement as issued Thursday by the Indiana State Teachers Association:

INDIANAPOLIS – In the wake of Dr. Tony Bennett's resignation as Florida's education commissioner, ISTA reiterates its call for a truly independent investigation into the administration of Indiana's accountability system, including the A-F school grading system, with the goal of making changes as determined by education experts that include educators and as governed by common sense.

Action must be taken now to restore confidence, fairness and cooperation among all stakeholders. That action should include:

  • A moratorium on further school grading until everyone is satisfied that the system and whatever consequences and/or support ensue can be administered fairly.
  • Working to provide bona fide help to teachers who teach in challenging school districts rather than looking for ways to mete out blame to some and give a pass to others.
  • Authentic cooperation among ALL stakeholders.
This entire situation calls into question, not only the foundation upon which Indiana's accountability system rests, but also puts into question the consequences exacted upon public schools and their communities in the past.

"It's now time to move beyond politics and narrow agendas," said Teresa Meredith, ISTA president, "and work to support Indiana's children and their schools."

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