State of Indiana Archives: on Education


Joe Donnelly: Pell Grants for low-income students, & lower interest rates

Mourdock favors abolishing the U.S. Department of Education and transferring its responsibilities to the state and local levels. "Instead of sending Hoosier money to Washington, I think we ought to be keeping that money and as always, letting schools be run at the local level and at the state level," he said.

Donnelly touted his support for funding Pell Grants for low-income students, as well as a measure that kept student loan interest rates at 3.4 percent rather than 6.8 percent. Donnelly opposed eliminating the Education Department. "Our ability to compete as a state, our ability to compete as a country, depends on our education level," he said.

Source: Evansville Courier & Press on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Oct 15, 2012

Richard Mourdock: Transfer federal education role to state & local level

Mourdock favors abolishing the U.S. Department of Education and transferring its responsibilities to the state and local levels. "Instead of sending Hoosier money to Washington, I think we ought to be keeping that money and as always, letting schools be run at the local level and at the state level," he said.

Donnelly touted his support for funding Pell Grants for low-income students, as well as a measure that kept student loan interest rates at 3.4 percent rather than 6.8 percent. Donnelly opposed eliminating the Education Department. "Our ability to compete as a state, our ability to compete as a country, depends on our education level," he said.

Source: Evansville Courier & Press on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Oct 15, 2012

Mitch Daniels: End cruel, defeatist practice of passing kids who can't read

The days when education debates started and stopped at dollar signs are over, and high time. From President Obama down, everyone now recognizes that leaders in education are defined not by what they put in but by what they get out. But just for the record, and despite frequent misrepresentations to the contrary, Indiana is a leader in what we put in.

But that's not why others are following Indiana. It's our new commitment to rewarding the best teachers, liberating principals and superintendents, and providing low- and middle-income parents the same choices as their wealthier neighbors; that's what has caught the world's attention. And this year, when we end the cruel, defeatist practice of passing children who cannot read into fourth grade, and when our most diligent students begin to graduate from high school in 11 years, and get a head start on college costs with the dollars they earned through their hard work, others will take notice of Indiana yet again.

Source: Indiana 2012 State of the State Address Jan 10, 2012

Mitch Daniels: Pay teachers, and award tenure, based on effectiveness

We know what works. It starts with teacher quality. Teacher quality has been found to be 20 times more important than any other factor, including poverty, in determining which kids succeed. Class size, by comparison, is virtually meaningless. Put a great teacher in front of a large class, and you can expect good results. Put a poor teacher in front of a small class, do not expect the kids to learn.

Teachers should have tenure, but they should earn it by proving their ability to help kids learn. Our best teachers should be paid more, much more, and ineffective teachers should be helped to improve or asked to move.

We are beginning to hold our school leaders accountable for the only thing that really matters: Did the children grow? Did the children learn? Starting this year, schools will get their own grades, in a form we can all understand: 'A' to 'F.' There will be no more hiding behind jargon and gibberish.

Source: 2011 Indiana State of the State Address Jan 11, 2011

Mitch Daniels: Lift backward-looking limits on charter schools

First, this Assembly heeded the call of President Obama and others and lifted Indiana's backward-looking limits on charter schools and on considering student achievement in evaluating teachers. Then our Professional Standards Board, led by our superb new Superintendent Tony Bennett, acted to strengthen standards for new teachers, and to open both classroom and leadership positions to those whose hearts call them to teaching from other walks of life.
Source: Indiana 2010 State of the State Address Jan 19, 2010

Mitch Daniels: Support vouchers for public schools

Source: Indiana Gubernatorial Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Mitch Daniels: Use lottery revenue for free college tuition for two years

Source: Indiana Gubernatorial Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Mitch Daniels: Voluntary prayer in public schools

Q: Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?

A: Yes.

Source: Indiana Gubernatorial Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Frank O'Bannon: Standards worked for math & English; apply to other subjects

The Education Roundtable first focused on essentials for higher student achievement: high standards, assessment and accountability. The result: Indiana now has one of the most comprehensive assessment and accountability systems in the nation. Plus, our new school accountability laws require schools to make continuous improvements while giving them the flexibility to determine how to meet their goals.

Before the creation of the Roundtable, the Fordham Foundation gave Indiana an F for English and a C for math. So, we worked together to rewrite those standards. The result: We now have some of the highest English and math standards in the nation. And the Fordham Foundation now gives Indiana standards an A for English, an A for math, and an A for science.

Make no mistake. The Roundtable’s work is not done. It is now helping re-write our geography, economics, civics and history standards so they too will be among the highest in the nation. And it is now focusing on quality teaching.

Source: 2001 State of the State address to Indiana legislature Jan 17, 2001

Frank O'Bannon: $50 million for flexible school readiness program

We must invest in school readiness so our first graders can meet the highest English and math standards in the country. My $50 Million school readiness program offers flexibility for schools to meet local needs - like full day kindergarten, moving the kindergarten entry date or programs like head start, or pre-school.

My “Ready to Read” initiative includes funding for reading assessments, summer programs, reading institutes, and a tutor for every child struggling to read. Since our children will now be required to meet the highest math standards in the country, Algebra will be the key to their success. That’s why I have proposed a middle school summer math program to expand learning time.

But that’s not all. Within this $50 million initiative, we will also create 500 master reading and math teachers in the schools that need them the most. And the 50 schools that make the most improvement in reading and math will be rewarded.

Source: 2001 State of the State address to Indiana legislature Jan 17, 2001

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2012 Presidential contenders on Education:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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