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Gov. Pence Doesn‘t Agree with FWCS Decision to Stop Recognizing A-to-F Grades

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Indiana‘s largest school system, Fort Wayne Community Schools, will not recognize the state‘s A-F grading formula, however, Governor Mike Pence says he doesn‘t agree with the decision.

The Fort Wayne Community School Board passed a resolution this week saying it would not tout the letter grades given to schools by the Department of Education.

The board‘s opposition stems from news that the department, under former State School Superintendent Tony Bennett, adjusted the grading formula last year to change the grade of a top charter school from an A to a C.  

Pence says he is confident that a clear A-F formula will emerge after an independent investigation of Bennett‘s staff.

“I don‘t think a time out on our commitment to accountability and high performance is the right idea,” Pence said to reporters in his office after he named Dwayne Sawyer as Indiana‘s new state auditor.

The Republican governor says he has a good working relationship with current State School Superintendent Glenda Ritz and he adds they’ve talked about the future of the A-F formula.

“I am grateful that she is working closely with the independent review (of Bennett‘s staff) that the legislature has ordered,” Pence said, “but we give our kids letter grades every day. I think we need to give our schools letter grades every year.”   

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