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HB 1134 ‘undermines’ voters trust in school boards

The job description of most school boards is as follows: “To establish the vision and goals for the public schools in their district, and to set standards for the performance of schools and superintendents. Most school board members are elected by people in their community to represent their values, views and desires for the public schools in their district.”

Thus, I ask, “What is the purpose and intent of House Bill 1134?” This bill is supposed to allow more parent reviews of curriculum, with a stunning level of micromanagement, whereas all teaching materials are to be put on the web in advance; however, this applies only to public schools. Doesn’t that beg the question, “Why?” Is this a move to burden our public school teachers more? Are they not tasked with this “teach to test” then are attacked for not teaching the students critical thinking skills? Then when they try to teach critical thinking skills and present a broader scope of knowledge, they are accused of biased teaching. Is this bill designed to neuter, or make impotent, and burden our public education system?

If the intent is to improve the educational structure, then shouldn’t this bill apply to charter and private schools? Is this bill designed to shackle the public school’s ability to instruct their students as you unduly scrutinize them? Is HB 1134 intended to cleverly strip the teachers from actually teaching and directs them to pander to an unelected “appointed advisory committee and appointed committee chair” which brings a blaring question as to who is going to appoint these people? What will the qualifications of these appointed people be? Who is going to determine the chairman? What recourse do I have if I don’t agree with the “committee?” Is this bill being supported by the political party that proudly taunts of less government? Are you taking away my vote and my voice? I think everyone in my community believe our vote and voice should count. Is this bill an indication that you do not trust our school board members whom we respectfully elected?

Why when you are passing these bills are they not applied equally to all schools, whether they be public, private or charter schools? Aren’t the students equally important? And, if these changes are good they too should benefit, don’t you believe?

Don’t undermine our trust, our vote, our school board, our teachers and especially our public education system.

Sandy Gettelfinger|

Corydon, Ind.

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