Glenda Ritz Releases “Imagine 2020”

By Andrew Pillow

The Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction released a document that outlined the success and future hopes for Indiana education.

Imagine 2020 is very much a press release, as opposed to an official budget or declaration of plans, but it does give some insight into what the current superintendent’s priorities are.

The document points out several long term goals

-          “Expand direct service to public schools to facilitate community resources”

-          “Promote a positive learning climate for all students.”

-          “Provide support to students enrolling in the Evan Bayh 21st Century Scholars Program that pays for college tuition”

-          “Secure fair and adequate funding for public schools”

-          “Examine the longterm academic and fiscal impact of private school vouchers”

-          “Close the digital divide to ensure all students have equal access to technology and resources at school and at home.”

-          “Establish Pre-K programs within all public school district communities”

-          “Increase the recruitment and retention of teachers”

-          “Enhance Indiana’s school accountability system by adding multiple measures”

-          “Close the graduation gap”

-          “Implement new state student-centered testing system”

-          “Propose to the General Assembly replacing the A-F school grades with categories that accurately reflect school performance and improvement while maintaining strong school accountability.”

-          “Individualize high school graduation plans”

-          “Complete a state student longitudinal data system”

-          “Streamline the collection and access of state-wide student data”

There were specifics outlined under each goal as well.

Glenda Ritz is up for re-election on November 8.

Read the full document here.   

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.