The leader of education in Indiana disagrees with a report showing that the rules were followed when an Indianapolis charter school had its grade changed by the state.
Glenda Ritz, state superintendent of education, said the rules were clearly not followed and not applied to the benefit of all schools when former state superintendent Tony Bennett changed the school’s grade. She disagreed with the findings of a state report that showed that Bennett followed the rating system regulations.
“Dr. Bennett did not adhere to the rules,” Ritz said. “If you believe those (changed grades) were done because they should have been, you’re fooling yourself.”
Ritz spoke to a group of local Democrats at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner on Friday at Valle Vista Golf Club and Conference Center in Greenwood. Her speech and a question-and-answer session covered multiple topics in education, including a plan to create new standards for measuring schools that would include more than just test scores. She also discussed changing the way Indiana assesses each student.