INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Public Schools leaders are seeking state records on the 2011 takeover of four schools amid questions about the integrity of the state’s A-F school grading formula.
IPS Board of Commissioners President Diane Arnold called Thursday for a review of the decisions that led the state to hand control of the schools to charter operators after they were consistently found to be “failing.”
The grading system has been under fire since The Associated Press published emails last month showing former schools chief Tony Bennett oversaw changes to the formula to ensure a top Republican donor’s school received an A.
Bennett subsequently resigned as Florida’s education commissioner.
On Monday, the Fort Wayne Community School board voted 6-1 to approve a resolution stating the board would no longer publicly recognize schools based on the letter grade assigned to a school based on the A-F grading system.
Fort Wayne school leaders have ruled the grading system invalid.
Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday blamed the media for “anxiety” over the school grades.
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