Yesterday, newly appointed State Board of Education member, Gordon Hendry, visited the first school on his "statewide fact-finding tour". Hendry chose to visit the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, a failing charter school that received an “F” for its most recent accountability letter grade. It's telling that Hendry chose to tour a charter school rather than one of northwest Indiana's public schools. In Lake County alone, there are over a dozen 4-star public schools he could have chosen instead.
In October, after being appointed by Governor Pence, Hendry announced that he would be touring the state to learn more about the state of education in Indiana. Besides being an at-large member of the State Board of Education, Hendry works as a real estate advisor.