Rokita’s office begins updates to “Eyes on Education” portal with responses from Indiana schools

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After pushback from a dozen Indiana school districts, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita’s office is making changes to its new “Eyes on Education” portal that publicizes alleged examples of “indoctrination” in Hoosier schools.

The office said Wednesday it is in the process of “updating” the portal to include responses and clarifications from different districts.

That includes a submission on the portal about a gender support plan from the Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation, which included policies around privacy, confidentiality, preferred pronouns and restroom use for transgender students.

Clark-Pleasant spokesperson Rick Hightower told the Indiana Capital Chronicle on Tuesday that policy is out of date and is no longer in effect.

Clark-Pleasant Superintendent Tim Edsell further said the district was not made aware of the portal or contacted by Rokita’s office about the submission before it went live.

As of Wednesday, the portal includes a note stating “the policy retired in 2023,” and included the PDF sent by the district itself, which indicates the meeting in which they voted to retire the policy.

Still, Rokita’s office said it would not be taking down the 2021 policy “since we feel for transparency reasons it’s important for people to know it existed and was active for two years.”

A spokesperson for the attorney general’s office said it’s “also important to know that just because the policy is outdated doesn’t mean it’s inaccurate information,” adding, “it was a real policy.”

No additional updates have been made to other portal submissions yet, though. Eight other school districts told the Capital Chronicle that portal submissions pertaining to them were “out of date” or “inaccurate.”

Rokita referred to “Eyes on Education” as a transparency tool that intends to “empower parents to further engage in their children’s education” and provide “real examples of indoctrination.”

The portal accepts submissions pertaining to K-12 classrooms, colleges, universities and “other affiliated academic entities in Indiana.” But it is unclear how, or if, they are vetting the accuracy of the allegations.

So far, “Eyes on Education” lists complaints lodged against 13 public K-12 school districts, as well as Indiana University’s School of Medicine.

Attorneys who spoke to the Capital Chronicle have so far expressed First Amendment concerns and said the portal creates questions about libel and defamation. The Indiana Department of Education additionally said it was not made aware of the new portal when it was under construction or when it launched.

The Indiana Capital Chronicle is an independent, not-for-profit news organization that covers state government, policy and elections.

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7 thoughts on “Rokita’s office begins updates to “Eyes on Education” portal with responses from Indiana schools

  1. If you’ve had favorable experiences with a school, please submit your positive comments – our system needs to hear all reviews, not just negative

    1. Agree. Good time for someone with “standing” to file a complaint with the Indiana lawyer’s disciplinary commission about Rokita’s unauthorized meddling in educational matters.

  2. Public schools have school boards. Let the school boards and the administrators and teachers they hire do their job. If parents are unhappy with materials, take it up with the school. Stay in your lane, Todd. (yet, again!)

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