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New Indiana State Board of Education member plans listening tour

Statement as issued Monday by Gordon Hendry:

INDIANAPOLIS – Recently appointed at-large Indiana State Board of Education member Gordon Hendry will embark on a statewide fact-finding tour to learn more about the state of education in Indiana.

The Democratic appointee will meet with SBOE members from all nine Congressional districts as well as teachers, students and parents from schools in each area. He will document the tour online at OurIndianaSchools.com.

Hendry plans to kick off the listening tour next month.

“As the at-large State Board of Education member, it’s my job to travel the state and learn more about how we’re doing in our schools,” Hendry said.

“I’m a parent and a product of our state’s public schools, but I’m not an educator by training. I want to make sure I’m accessible and listening to everyone who has a stake in what I believe is the most important issue facing our state right now.

“In the month I’ve been on the Board, the only thing Hoosiers have read about in the newspaper or seen on television is a tussle over data and a lawsuit filed against us by the Superintendent. If I was just a parent watching this from a distance, I’d wonder what the heck was going on at the Statehouse to help my kids.”

Hendry is a commercial real estate executive who graduated from Bloomington North High School and received degrees in political science and economics from Indiana University in Bloomington.

He holds a JD from The George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C. He practiced for three years at Ice Miller in Indianapolis before working in public safety and economic development for former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson. He also headed The Indy Partnership, a Central Indiana regional economic development organization.

Hendry is married with two children, the oldest of whom attends Indianapolis Public Schools. They live in Downtown Indianapolis.

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