Tony Bennett’s response to the Educational Forum on March 14th, 2011

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Click here for the video of the forum.

Since last fall, I’ve had the privilege of meeting almost 8,000 Hoosier educators during public forums and school visits across the state. Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of visiting with teachers and administrators from the Muncie area. This visit was a particularly uplifting and productive opportunity.

Like most gatherings I attend, Monday’s event at Ball State’s Alumni Center was a passionate affair. At the end of the evening, not everyone walked away agreeing with reforms proposed by the Indiana Department of Education and members of Indiana’s General Assembly. However, I was impressed by the respectful and collaborative attitudes of the roughly 400 educators who attended. Their dedication and professionalism contributed to an honest exchange of ideas on education policy that will surely produce positive results for the students in your area.

I would like to extend a special thank you to Al Rent who skillfully moderated the forum and ensured the discussion focused on the issues that matter most to students, parents and educators. Sen. Doug Eckerty also deserves praise for organizing and publicizing such a successful event.

Last but not least, I want to thank the educators whose thoughtful questions and innovative ideas inspire me to continue traveling the Hoosier state to receive feedback and encouragement from education stakeholders. This gathering of talent in Muncie proves once again that working together we can ensure all Indiana students receive the quality education they deserve — one that sets no limits on their future accomplishments.

TONY BENNETT • STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION • MARCH 18, 2011

Read Marlin Creasy’s response to the public forum.

Printing the public letter of Tony Bennett is not an endoresment of this blog by Mr. Bennett or Mr. Doug Eckerty.

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