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IPS Board President: Bennett “Unmoved” By Requests

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Six Indianapolis school face closures, but the President of the IPS board says it's possible not much headway has been made with state superintendent Tony Bennett.

Earlier this week, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett met with members of the IPS board. Board president Dr. Mary Bush says Bennett was “unmoved” by their pleas to re-evaluate several of the schools facing a potential take-over.

“We wanted him to know why we have some schools that are community schools. They have blended grades. You have high schoolers, as well as 7th and 8th grades,” Bush said.

The State Board of Education is expected to make a decision on those schools at the end of august. Seven schools statewide are on the probation list and facing state intervention – six in Indianapolis and one in Gary.

Meanwhile, Indiana will take up the Obama administration on its offer of waivers to all states from the requirements of the no child left behind education law. Bennett says there are better measurements of growth now than when the law was passed. Indiana‘s waiver request will ask the government to accept the state‘s growth-based accountability law as the standard for meeting federal requirements.

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