The House passed a bill Monday to remove the state superintendent as chair of the State Board of Education, a move some say is politically motivated.
Historically, the state superintendent has automatically assumed the position of state board chair. This bill changes the law defining that responsibility, allowing board members to elect a chair from within their ranks.
The word “dysfunction” has appeared in countless descriptions of board relations since current State Superintendent Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, took office.
President Obama says other states should follow Ivy Tech Community College’s lead when it comes to connecting students to high paying jobs. The president traveled to Indianapolis Friday to tout his plans aimed at getting more people on the track to better wages.
During the event at Ivy Tech, Obama once again explained his plan to make two years of community college free.
Superintendents from all four public school districts in Allen County joined Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Thursday to call for more funding for all districts in the state.
Districts across Indiana are facing budget problems – from the base amount every district is afforded by the state, to the amount they’re allowed to collect from property taxes, every Northeast Indiana superintendents agree – it’s not enough to support their schools.
Change could be coming to the nation’s cornerstone education law, No Child Left Behind.
During a speech Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called on Congress to rework the statute.
The law, signed by former President George W. Bush in 2002, originally meant what its name suggests: that no child should fail state tests in math, reading and science. It called for 100 percent of students to be proficient in those skills by 2014.
Governor Mike Pence says he wants the 2015 meeting of the General Assembly to be an “education session,” and the budget Pence proposed Thursday shares that focus.
The proposal contains a $200 million increase in K-12 school funding over the next two years. That includes about $41 million more specifically set aside for charter schools.
Office of Management and Budget Director Chris Atkins says that money would be used to increase per-pupil funding by $1,500 and would reduce inequity between funding of charters and traditional public schools.
Education promises to be a big topic during the upcoming legislative session. Both Governor Pence and House Republicans have outlined major school initiatives they’d like to see come to fruition next year. But what the state can afford remains to be seen.
Legislative leaders have pledged to balance the budget this session without raising taxes. That could prove challenging, since several state agencies have submitted requests that would require extra money.
Legislative leaders are split along party lines in their evaluations of Governor Mike Pence’s proposed changes to the state’s education hierarchy.
Governor Pence will eliminate the controversial Center for Education and Career Innovation, or CECI, which has been a thorn in the side of state Superintendent Glenda Ritz since its creation two years ago.
But Pence also wants the General Assembly to allow the State Board of Education – made up of Pence appointees – to elect its own chair, a position held by Ritz.