FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A recently created "Accountability System Review Panel" to help the Indiana Department of Education with creating new standards for school performance is beginning to take shape.
Last month, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Governor Mike Pence, Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, and State Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, to create a 17 member panel.
The Indiana Department of Education, Senate, House, and Governor were instructed to appoint four members each (one superintendent, one teacher, one principal, and one technical advisor.)
Ritz will serve as a co-chair.
Wednesday, all but Ritz announced their selections to the panel and State Senator David Long (R-Fort Wayne) selected three local educators.
Bluffton High School principal Steve Baker will fill one position. Baker has been at Bluffton-Harrison MSD since 1985. He became the high school principal in 1999.
2012 Indiana Teacher of the Year and Riverview Middle School teacher Melanie Park will also serve on the panel. Park teaches reading remediation at the Huntington-area middle school.
Dr. Steve Yager, Superintendent at Southwest Allen County Schools, is the last of the local educators selected by Long to serve on the panel. Yager has been superintendent at SACS since 2009 after serving in the same position previously at Northwest Allen County Schools. Yager has been an educator for more than three decades.
Long also chose Derek Redelman as technical advisor to the group. Redelman is the Vice President for Education and Workforce Development Policy at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in Indianapolis. He was also instrumental in the state’s 2001 charter school law and the most recent accountability rules.
“Each of these individuals brings an exceptional background that qualify them to assist the State Board of Education as they move forward with policy discussions related to school performance,” Long said in a statement announcing the selections. “We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to tap into their expertise.”
Governor Mike Pence made the following selections:
- Jim Snapp, Superintendent of the Brownsburg Community School Corporation west of Indianapolis
- Robert Lugo, principal at Stonybrook Intermediate School east of Indianapolis
- Casandra McLeod, teacher at KIPP Indianapolis College Preparatory
- Claire Fiddian-Green, Special Assistant to the Governor for Education Innovation, will serve as technical advisor
House Speaker Brian Bosma made the following selections:
- Dr. Shane Robbins, Superintendent of Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County
- Sheila Seedhouse, principal at Key Learning Community in Indianapolis
- Jessica Dunn Feeser, teacher at Nora Elementary School in Indiapolis
- Scott Bess, Senior Vice President and COO of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana will serve as technical advisor.
Ritz has not announced her appointments to the panel.
The panel must report any recommendations by Nov. 1. Any changes implemented by the IDOE will go into effect with the 2014-2015 school year.
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