State Board of Ed elects new vice-chair

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INDIANAPOLIS – Sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher, Cari Whicker, now serves as the new Indiana State Board of Education Vice-Chair.

“It is an incredible honor to be elected as the new Vice-Chair of the Indiana State Board of Education,” said Whicker. “We all serve on this board to do what is right for the children of Indiana.”

Whicker was elected to the position at Wednesday’s meeting. Sarah O’Brien announced in July she was stepping down to focus her attention on addressing the care of her daughter who has had a variety of medical issues over the years.

The board also approved the adjustments that were made to the ISTEP+ for Grade 3 to 8, extended Oakland City University’s state accreditation for seven years and complied with federal law to finalized ISTEP+ math and science cut scores.

“We have made tremendous strides in providing quality education and increased opportunities for Hoosier students over the years,” said Whicker. “As a teacher, it is vitally important to me that we are able to provide our students with the best opportunities that furthers their excellence in education and allows them to grow.” is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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