The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 1:30 pm

FWCS leader cautious about legislative wish list

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Leaders of the state’s largest school system are developing their wish list for Indiana lawmakers.

Fort Wayne Community Schools board member Steve Corona kicked off the discussion Monday by saying legislators at the recent education forum at Carroll High School seemed open to rolling back education legislation.

"Clearly, we need to be very intentional about what we’d like to see go away," Corona said, "and we need to be unified on that."

Any advocacy should be done with caution, FWCS Superintendent Wendy Robinson said.

"Careful what you ask for – you might end up with something worse," Robinson said, prompting laughter.

With a short legislative session, she recommended keeping the wish list short. Her priorities address complexity funding, which is designed to help students in poverty, and accountability. She wants an accountability system that every stakeholder, including students and parents, can understand.

"Those legislators who come to those sessions will tell you what they think you want to hear," Robinson said, referring to the recent public forum, "but they vote the same way every time, so we’ve got to have a very strong message. 'Stop doing this, but then don’t do that, either.' "


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