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September 10, 2013

TOM LoBIANCO: Indiana leaders promise transparency post-Bennett

Advisory panel will tackle new A-through-F formula.

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“Let’s make one thing clear: What happened with respect to these grades is unacceptable. We wouldn’t tolerate a teacher in a classroom changing scores after the fact to get a desired result for a favorite student,” Larry Grau, state director of Democrats for Education Reform, said Friday in a prepared statement. “We shouldn’t tolerate it in our government.”

Bennett’s failings should not be used to ditch school grades, and it appears they won’t, Grau said.

Lawmakers wrote the new letter grades into law earlier this year, and a 17-member advisory panel — picked in equal parts by Long, Bosma, Pence and Democratic school superintendent Glenda Ritz — is expected to deliver its recommendations by November. The Department of Education, based on the recommendations, will then spend a year testing the new formula.

In the meantime, Bennett’s formula will stay in place for a year. At least now there is some more insight into how those grades were calculated.

Tom LoBianco covers Indiana politics for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tomlobianco.

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