Lebanon Reporter

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October 29, 2013

Panel backs changes for Ind. A-F school grades

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Bennett, a Republican, resigned as Florida's schools chief in August after The Associated Press published emails showing he altered Indiana's school grading system last year after a charter school founded by a top GOP donor received a low grade. That school, which Bennett routinely cited as a top-performer, received an A under the revised formula. Other schools also saw improvements.

Advisory committee member Cheryl Ramsey, principal at Beveridge Elementary School in Gary, said the panel focused on making the grading system, which has given her school an F several years in a row, more equitable.

"We'll be able to explain to teachers, to parents, all stakeholders what we have to do to change our score," she said.

The Republican-controlled Legislature ordered the state board to devise a new A-F system in April, after complaints from parents, teachers and school officials that the current model, which debuted in 2012, was unfair and impossible to understand.

Members of the grading system study panel were selected by Republican Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican House and Senate leaders, and Ritz.

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