State receives approval to implement Educator Equity Plan

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INDIANAPOLIS – Thanks to the approval of the Indiana Department of Education’s Educator Equity Plan, the state now has permission to implement additional strategies designed to provide quality education to all students,

Approval of the plan came this week from the U.S. Department of Education.

The plans are strategies aimed at ensuring all students get access to top-notch education regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, zip code, wealth or first language.

“From day one, I have been committed to ensuring that all Hoosier students have access to an education of the highest quality,” Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said in a statement.  “Great teachers are essential to the success of our students and the economic vitality of our State.  That is why I am excited to begin implementing Indiana’s Educator Equity Plan and to continue this important work with the support and guidance of the Blue Ribbon Teacher Commission.”

Indiana’s plan focuses on the areas of professional development, mentoring and instruction, as well as working conditions and public perception.

The Educator Equity Plan is meant to work in conjunction with a Blue Ribbon Commission on the Recruitment and Retention of Excellent Educators. The commission is charged with identifying strategies and recommending legislative action to help Indiana schools recruit and retain excellent educators.

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