UPDATE FROM DAN THIELE
Wednesday, February 26, the SBOE heard testimony on the new Indiana draft standards from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Plymouth High School. Representing the Board were Dr. Brad Oliver (stayed whole time), Cari Whicker (stayed whole time), Dr. David Freitas (stayed for first two hours), and Tony Walker (stayed for about an hour in the middle). Staff present were Danielle Shockey, Michele Walker, and Michelle McKeown.
For most of the hearing, there were approximately fifty attendees gathered around tables in a medium-sized room. There were a few more folks up in bleachers on the left as one faced the podium to address the Board members.
Approximately forty people gave testimony, with only one person strongly in favor of the Common Core, and therefore still happy with the new Indiana draft standards. Another person was guardedly optimistic the new standards could be fixed. Around three dozen folks testified against the new Indiana draft standards which are disappointingly similar to Common Core.
I was pleased with the quality of the testimony at this north hearing. There was a nice blend of general criticism and commentary on individual standards. However, there were some extended periods when the activity waned, particularly between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. It would have been nice if the organizers had allowed interested persons to speak for more than three minutes each, but this was not to be.
Keep in mind this third hearing does not end your chance to be heard on these draft standards. The public HEARINGS are concluded. However, the public COMMENT period (for written feedback on the draft standards) will remain open until Wednesday, March 12. Watch for an announcement requesting your specific participation in this public comment period.
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