Pence and the Legislature did not "ignore" calls to help teachers and schools. Governor Pence recently released a statement saying he would work with the Legislature to enact 1-time changes in IN law so that teacher evaluations and bonuses are not negatively impacted by the expected drop in ISTEP scores. His statement also said schools would receive letter grades, but the drop in scores and new academic standards would be fairly factored in.
Any action taken on Organization Day would not allow legislation to go through the committee process. This will be fairly addressed after session begins in January.