The 74: After Saying It Would Go Above and Beyond to Educate Its Foster Care Students, Indiana Unveils a Plan That Is Little More Than Bullet Points

Aug 22, 2019 | Commentary

Kate Stringer, July 2019 for The 74:

Indiana made itself a national leader when it released the April report summarizing such a deep data collection, but some advocates and state officials say the follow-through has not been as exemplary, including a failed promise to have the remediation plan in place at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.

“This is not the intentional or robust plan that we had hoped for,” said Brent Kent, a member of a stakeholder group that worked on the plan and helped usher in the state law that mandated it. “I hope it’s not a reflection of the department’s seriousness on this issue.”

Board member Pete Miller agreed that he had hoped to see more in the remediation plan, pointing to the alarming results the report was meant to address.

“That’s just atrocious,” Miller said of the data. “I don’t know what it will take to light a fire under whoever to say these are not numbers that Hoosiers are going to accept and let’s stop hopping around and figuring out who’s responsible and just work together to try and improve those outcomes.”

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