Gov. Eric Holcomb’s legislative priority for workforce development will change high school graduation requirements.
A state committee has developed a proposal for new diplomas, referred to as Graduation Pathways. That committee did not include representation from school superintendents, school principals or high school counselors.
The public should expect that any legislation affecting high school graduation should be vetted by the education experts who will carry out the new graduation requirements.
The shortcomings of A-F school grades and state testing problems are due to a lack of adequate input from school education experts.
There is great danger that the new graduation diploma proposal will result in a) significant unforeseen costs for both parents and school systems; b) a major decline in high school graduation simply because legislators did not adequately weigh the unnecessary consequences; and c) inappropriate negative impacts on school accountability grades.
A legislative priority should be to involve the real experts in education legislation — school educators.
Tony Lux, former Merrillville schools superintendent