In a victory for Hoosier students in every part of the state, Governor Eric Holcomb signed House Bill 1007 which provides broader course options so every child has opportunities to fit their unique needs.
House Bill 1007, sponsored by Rep. Tony Cook, provides greater equity by allowing students in all parts of the state to have access to courses such as advanced and specialized offerings that may not be available in smaller and rural districts.
When fully enacted, students will be able to take courses offered in online, face-to-face, or blended environments, providing a more robust and customized educational path.
“Indiana continues to be a leader in creating equity and access for all students to help ensure their success in careers and in life. We are grateful to Governor Holcomb, Representative Cook and all of the other policymakers who support the notion that all students have a right to high quality educational opportunities.”
Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
This Course Access bill creates a system for approving high quality providers, ensures robust reporting of opportunities and establishes rules by which students can earn credit. These changes will connect students with teachers and content, creating more consistency across different learning communities and ensuring that all students have access to a broad set of courses.
The bill received wide, bipartisan support. HB 1007 was co-authored by Representatives Tim Brown and Sheila Klinker. Senate co-sponsors included Senators Eric Bassler, Erin Houchin, Dennis Kruse, Eddie Melton and Lonnie Randolph.