The A to F school grades can also impact communities trying to woo new residents and businesses, that consider school quality in their decision making.
“You have communities where all that people remember is what grade their local school got. That’s a stigma that lasts, no matter how hard a community and school works to overcome that,” said State Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane of Anderson.
Lanane said the stories on Bennett have undermined what little confidence local school officials had in the A-F school grading system. “Its credibility is totally undermined by this,” Lanane said.
He also said the allegations involving the A-F school grades “calls all other initiatives and agreements made by the previous administration into question.” He wants what he called a “full legislative review” of any agreement entered into or any program initiated during Bennett’s tenure to “ensure any actions taken were above reproach.”
“The actions of the previous administration have seriously shaken teachers and parents’ faith in the state,” Lanane said. “We must now act to rebuild that trust and ensure every Hoosier child has an opportunity at a high-quality education. The price of inaction is too high.”
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.