State school chief addresses education needs, issues at Valparaiso University

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Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick addressed educators, school administrators and school

From charter schools to teacher recruitment and retention, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick touched on an array of topics during a community meeting Monday at .

About 140 people, including educators, school administrators and school board members, attended the meeting, which was put on by the Professional Educators Partnership.

McCormick, a Republican who took office in January, said school choice is not going away, but that the quality can be improved. Indiana is "very loose" when it comes to parameters for its school choice program, she said, which includes vouchers for private and parochial schools and charter schools.

"If you're going to have choice, we want quality choice," she said, adding any school that receives public funds needs to be held accountable for its finances, its academics and its student population, and operate with complete transparency.

Admitting the concept is not a popular one, McCormick said she wants those schools to have the same enrollment policies as public schools and drop exclusionary standards for students.

"If you're taking state dollars, you have to be as receptive as your public schools have to be," she said.

The number of charter schools continues to increase as well, from 65 in 2012 to 93 this year, a 43 percent increase, she said.

In his welcome, university president Mark Heckler noted McCormick's experience as a special education teacher and school administrator. With all of the challenges faced by teachers, he said, it's easy to lose sight of why they do what they do.

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