Spalding University doctoral graduate aims to change Indiana education policy

Tony Bennett, the Indiana superintendent of public instruction, received his doctorate degree from Spalding University, according to the Indy Star. His mission is to make it easier to dismiss low-performing teachers.

His 116-page doctoral thesis documents how teachers are seldom dismissed for poor performance.

Using a questionnaire, he discovered that administrators in Indiana rarely tried to dismiss a teacher. With 56,000 employees in Indiana's public schools, Bennett concluded, "Indiana administrators do not seek dismissal of their teachers with any regularity."

Hollywood has even come to their side with films such as Waiting for Superman and The Lottery, which plead the case for school choice for low-income families.

The Indiana State Teachers Association has lost much of its political influence, as reformers such as Bennett have made the case that student learning is more important than teacher benefits.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of education administrators is expected to increase over the next several years. Job opportunities will be best for those with advanced degrees and certifications.

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