Education, From The Capitol To The Classroom

Why One Legislator Is Questioning Indiana's Education Overhaul

Rep. Randy Truitt, R-West Lafayette, penned a letter expressing concern about how the Department of Education is implementing several education policy changes enacted by the legislature, including state-mandated teacher evaluations, ISTEP testing and letter grades for Indiana schools. “In my opinion they’re changing the legislative intent of the things we’ve passed,” Truitt told the Layfayette Journal and Courier. “We’re not perfect in regard to the bills we end up passing, and in some cases there are vague sections or it’s got some ambiguity which could lead to different interpretations, but I just see some overreaching implementation of things.”

A local Republican legislator is voicing his concern over the state’s interpretation of education reform legislation passed last year. The 2011 General Assembly passed an array of legislative changes strongly backed by Republican lawmakers including annual teacher evaluations tied to merit pay.

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