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Red for Ed Walk-In at Rogers/Binford

Before classes, elementary school students hold signs of support for their teachers outside Rogers and Binford Elementary Schools, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in Bloomington, Ind. The schools were open today, but some school districts across Indiana have closed for the day as thousands of teachers join the Walk-In at the Indiana Statehouse during the Red for Ed Action Day. The Indiana State Teachers Association’s Twitter page states teachers are asking for legislation for increased teacher compensation, to hold teachers harmless from I-Learn, and to repeal PGP and Externship Requirements. I-Learn is implemented by the Indiana Department of Education, and a description on the DoE site reads, “Indiana Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network (ILEARN) measures student achievement and growth according to Indiana Academic Standards. ILEARN is the summative accountability assessment for Indiana students.” According to the Department of Education website, PGP is, “A Professional Growth Plan (PGP) is one method to renew a professional educator license. A PGP is the record of one’s professional growth/development. In addition to classroom responsibilities, educators attend conferences and workshops, participate in committee work and school improvement plans, as well as take coursework to remain current on educational reforms and trends.” (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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