Indiana’s legislative session recently ended with strong steps toward ensuring each Hoosier student can succeed in school, careers and in life.
“By focusing on the proven successes of school choice and wisely investing in an exciting new strategy to better prepare students for success in the workforce, Indiana’s lawmakers have made bold steps to help Hoosier families and businesses now and in the future.
“Under Gov. Eric Holcomb’s strong leadership with the support of Hoosier businesses and educators, our state can continue to shine as a national model and a wonderful place to work, learn and live.”
Allan Hubbard, ExcelinEd board member
Governor Holcomb signed the following bills to improve educational outcomes and support the state’s families, students and educators:
- Private School Choice: The two-year state budget allows more students to participate in the successful School Scholarship Tax Credit Program. By increasing the funding from $14 million by an additional $1 million this fiscal year and $1.5 million the following year, more students in low-income families will now have access to educational options that fit their unique needs.
- Workforce Development: House Bill 1002 contains a number of strong steps toward ensuring all Indiana students graduate with a clear path toward college or a career. The legislation authorizes the formation of nonprofit “Industry Collaboration Organizations,” which will provide necessary funding to increase a number of programs such as career counseling opportunities for students wishing to pursue a career pathway. These organizations will be funded in part by state grants and by private donations that would be eligible for a state tax credit.
- Public School Choice: House Bill 1641, sponsored by Rep. Bob Behning, strengthens the state’s requirement that school districts must make unused building available to charter school operators by shortening the timeframe for a district to make the buildings available and placing penalties for noncompliance. Charter schools also received a budget increase in grant funding from the state, from $500 per student to $750. This allows those schools to provide more services for those children.
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