Indiana Citizens for Public Education represents a collection of educators, parents, and community members deeply concerned about the state of public education in Indiana and the larger United States. We are pro-public education, anti-school privatization, pro-teacher, pro-democracy, and, at the core, invested in supporting good public schools that help all of our children.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Public Hearings Set on Lowering Teacher Standards
Posted in the Indy Star today.....we now have less than 30 days to post Public Comment on a disastrous policy for Indiana's children. I honestly believe that the powers that be are counting on our silence as they move to dismantle public education. Remember that Dr. Bennett specifically denied requests for the hearings to be in the evening so that working parents, teachers, and administrators could attend--so much for democracy.
The state Department of Education has scheduled three public hearings on a contentious proposal to revamp Indiana's teacher licensing requirements.
The meetings are a chance for teachers and others to voice opinions about the changes being considered by the Indiana Professional Standards Board.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett wants to eliminate some requirements, saying teachers spend too much time learning teaching methods and not enough time on subject matter. Opponents worry that the changes would weaken standards without improving teacher quality.
The hearings are scheduled for Oct. 27 in Rochester, Oct. 29 in Scottsburg and Nov. 2 in Indianapolis.
Comments also may be submitted online at www.doe.in.gov/ repacomment until Oct. 30.