Parents, teachers and students have a chance to speak directly to members of the state Department of Education at 18 public meetings held at schools around Indiana in danger of state takeover. Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis, Tuesday hosted one of the meetings.
The members of the public who spoke at the hearing talked about why they feel Broad Ripple should not be taken over by the state, but allowed to continue to improve under Indianapolis Public School direction.
State Superintendent Tony Bennett made it clear that testimony given at the meeting was going to be taken into consideration when the Department of Education makes its decision on what actions to take to improve the school’s performance. He emphasized no decisions have yet been made.
“So the idea,” he said, “that the state board has already made some determination behind closed doors to assign a special management team, if you’re being told that, that’s really nothing more than misinformation at its best and fear-mongering at its worst.”
State Assistant Superintendent Dale Chu says the purpose of all the public meetings around the state is not necessarily to be a forum for debate.
“This is not a debate,” he said, “in terms of whether the state should intervene or not. Clearly something needs to be done. So what the state board wants to hear from all of you is which intervention should the state take if and when this becomes necessary.”
Information on all the public meetings can be found here at the state Department of Education’s website.