Not surprisingly, the deans at education schools in Indiana and elsewhere fired back at the study. Indiana University’s education dean, Gerardo Gonzalez, called the report “irresponsible.” The heads of teachers unions also attacked the findings.
But the study’s chief message — that too many new teachers aren’t adequately prepared — isn’t all that new. Prior research, for example, has found that more than 40 percent of teachers leave the profession within five years of launching their careers. Teachers drop out for various reasons — including low salaries and high salaries — but a significant percentage wash out because they can’t meet the expectations of the job.
And, as noted, those expectations are rising.
Instead of defensiveness about what may be a flawed report, Indiana’s teacher training programs need to soberly assess their own performance and their graduates’ post-college experiences, and then help lead a public discussion about the profession’s future.
— The Indianapolis Star
House fines flap went too far
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled last week that fines against House Democrats who walked out on the job should stand. It says a lot about Indiana’s political culture that this case got that far.
The court voted 3-2 to reject Democrats’ attempt to rescind more than $100,000 in fines withheld from Democrats’ paychecks. The Democrats walked off the job for six weeks in 2011 to block passage of a right-to-work law that was eventually enacted in 2012.
“The separation of powers doctrine prevents the courts from reviewing political, social and economic actions taken within the exclusive province of coordinate branches of government,” wrote Chief Justice Brent Dickson, a Hobart native.
Because it was not a criminal matter, the justices believed they shouldn’t get involved.
While we understand the court’s reticence to tinker with the inner workings of the legislative process, this dispute should not have gone before the court.