The Indiana Chamber opposes, in part, SB 108, which eliminates the requirement that the Department of Education must publish a model compensation plan. It also:
- Eliminates a requirement that each school corporation shall submit its local compensation plan to the department
- Eliminates a requirement that the department must publish the local compensation plans on the department’s web site
- Removes requirements that the: (1) department shall report any noncompliance of a school that fails to submit its compensation plan; and (2) State Board of Education shall take appropriate action to ensure compliance
- Makes changes to the time frame, from four to six years, in which the State Board may take over a failing school
- Provides that a principal or superintendent, or the principal’s or superintendent’s designee, may recommend an individual to participate in the Indiana high school equivalency diploma program
The Indiana Chamber testified against the provision concerning failing school interventions. We feel strongly that the trigger threshold of State Board of Education intervention should be kept at the current rate of four years instead of the drafted language of six years. It is important to keep our schools strong and accountable for our students, and six years is simply waiting too long to act regarding an underperforming school; our students deserve better.
The bill was heard in the Senate Education Committee last Wednesday and held until this week for amendment and vote.