Some Indiana parent-teacher conferences to be held by phone, e-mail

Indiana teachers have less flexibility in scheduling parent-teacher conferences this year after a decision by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett to no longer count two half days -- typically set aside for the conferences -- toward the required 180 instructional days in the school year. Officials in one district say that having teachers work extra hours to attend the parent-teacher conferences would cost too much, so they are working to share information through phone calls and e-mails instead of in-person meetings.

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