Dr. Tony Bennett delivered his third State of
"No one and I will repeat no one has done it better than we have done here in
Tonight, during his address, Bennett touted
Since 2009, the number of Hoosier students taking Advanced Placement courses has gone up by nearly 50 percent, and the number of students passing Advanced Placement exams is up by 48 percent.
"More students are taking and passing those challenging Advanced Placement courses and exams" he says.
But, AP classes aren't the only tools helping Hoosiers succeed post high school. Bennett says real world experience has proved successful too, and is thanking Fort Wayne Community Schools for leading the way
Bennett singled out FWCS for involvement in a unique pilot program. This year,
"The experience gained through this program will make them competitive for jobs at places like Fort Wayne Metals" Bennett says. He says more programs like this one are necessary to help
"We simply cannot allow students to drop out of high school and we must take steps to make sure every student who does graduate does so with a diploma that is guaranteed that he or she has the skills necessary to gain admission into post-secondary programs or colleges" says Bennett.
Bennett is seeking another four-year term. If elected, he says he'll focus on accountability, but not at the school level, rather at the district level.