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EVSC and community standing behind Glenwood Leadership Academy

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The EVSC is pushing to save a school that Indiana State educators say isn't making the grade.

A sixth consecutive 'F' grade could be facing Evansville's Glenwood Leadership Academy and that could force the state to take drastic action. 

The Indiana Department of Education and State Board of Education could choose to merge GLA with another school, close it altogether, or take other action.

But the EVSC and teachers say they're already on a path to success.

Teachers and parents took to the podium and voiced support for a school they say is improving.

"We are creating the whole child here at GLA and while test scores are one part of that, we are working to make those better. We are not satisfied," said Amber Santana, a fourth grade teacher.  

According to the EVSC, failing Istep test scores placed Glennwood on academic probation the past six years.

"I wouldn't say that Glenwood failed. I would say that there are kids at Glenwood that struggle," said EVSC Superintendent David Smith.

Now, Indiana state education leaders are preparing to intervene.

"The board itself will be considering the intervention options as required by law. We'll be taking tonight's input into consideration with that,"said Glenda Ritz, the Indiana State Superintendent of Schools.

About 60 percent of Glenwood's 476 students failed their last Istep tests.

"The parents in this community have not stepped up to the plate. They've put the brunt and all the weight of being teachers and parents on the shoulders of the staff and the faculty," said concerned parent, Steven Kince, Sr. 

"This is not a quick fix. This is a solution that I think everyone will see that we're in for the long haul," Smith said.

The EVSC has partnered with Mass Insight, an education non-profit to help turn Glenwood and other struggling schools around.

Ritz says a decision could come as early as January.

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