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"The Pence Administration's demonstrated practice of refusing to collaborate on education policy has become clear in recent weeks, and that runs counter to common sense and what Hoosiers are all about."

Indiana Democrats: These aren't just grades on paper

Statement, verbatim, as issued Friday by the Indiana Democratic Party:

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chair John Zody issued the following statement in response to a report today on the implementation of Indiana's A-F accountability standards for K-12 schools.

"It's clearly going to take a lot of smart, dedicated Democrats to clean up the mess Tony Bennett left behind. As that process moves forward, we'd all be wise to bear in mind that these aren't just grades on paper; they're schools in our communities that teach our children and prepare them for future success. We have to make the best decisions for those students, not decisions that are convenient for our political allies. That's where Superintendent Bennett lost his way, and we have to make sure it never happens again.

"Bennett's actions speak to the lack of accountability in state government that continues even today. The Pence Administration's demonstrated practice of refusing to collaborate on education policy has become clear in recent weeks, and that runs counter to common sense and what Hoosiers are all about."

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