State of Indiana Archives: on Education


Mike Pence: Pro-voucher so parents decide how to educate their kids

Each year since his election, Pence has spoken at an annual school choice rally, affirming his support for publicly funded vouchers to pay private school tuition for low- & middle-income families and for charter schools. "Children in this state ought to be afforded opportunities for quality education. Those decisions should be made in the best interests of our kids, and those decisions should be made by parents." Pence has pushed to expand charter schools & vouchers, with some legislative wins in 2015.
Source: ChalkBeat.org on 2016 Indiana gubernatorial race Jul 15, 2016

Mike Pence: Incentivize teaching as a career

This year let's find ways to make teaching more attractive and do our part to encourage more Hoosiers to pursue careers in education. That is why I am so enthusiastic about Speaker Bosma's Next Generation Scholarship that would cover up to $7,500 per year in tuition for students who are in the top 20 percent of their class and commit to teaching in Indiana for at least five years.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Indiana legislature Jan 12, 2016

Mike Pence: Testing regime needs to be improved

Accountability is important, but testing must be reliable and the results fairly applied. Let's take a step back from ISTEP and improve on the test we use to measure our kids and schools every year. Let's also take action to ensure that our teachers and schools are treated fairly with the results of the latest ISTEP test. I promise you we will make sure the 2015 test scores fairly reflect the performance of our schools and will not affect teacher bonuses or compensation.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Indiana legislature Jan 12, 2016

John Gregg: Totally against Indiana's school voucher program

Gregg is concerned about Indiana's school voucher program, something he says he's "totally against." He sees the program as taking money out of public schools, an issue that desperately needs addressed.

Charter schools, on the other hand, are here to stay. The problem Gregg sees is when charter school legislation was passed, there was accountability in the fact teachers at those schools had to be licensed. That's no longer the case.

"I think what we need to do is rather than continue down this road, we need to kind of take a breath, sit back and look, and really take a hard look and see what's working, and what's not," Gregg said. "And I think there's a lot of pride of ownership in a lot of this education reform. People were so heaven-bent on making this happen that they don't want to admit maybe it needs tweaked or it has problems with it."

Source: Kokomo Tribune on 2016 Indiana Gubernatorial race Sep 24, 2015

Eric Holcomb: Give parents the freedom to choose child's school

Here at home, we have seen in practice, not in theory, what happens when we honestly balance budgets, cut taxes, create a savings account for rainy days, build roads and bridges, and give parents the freedom to choose in which school their child can best learn. We have proven just how productive we can be when we are for something rather than against everything but the perfect.
Source: Holcomb's Kokomo Tribune OpEd on 2016 Indiana Senate race Jul 9, 2015

Brian Bosma: Supports vouchers and charter schools

Q: Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?

A: Yes.

Q: Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?

A: No.

Q: Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for charter schools?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?

A: Yes.

Bosma adds, "Circumstances will vary the above generalized answers. We must continue to do all we can to lift teacher training and effectiveness and treat teachers as the professionals they are."

Source: Indiana Gubernatorial 2012 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

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

John Gregg: Teachers must be a part of the education reform conversation

I want, when we're talking education reform, to give teachers a voice. I want us to also listen to the principal, listen to the superintendent, a parent, school board member. Changes are going to be implemented by the classroom teachers and the principals. So to cut to the quick, I just don't see how you reform public education by scapegoating the teachers and public education.
Source: Indiana Public Media on 2016 Indiana Gubernatorial race Sep 28, 2012

John Gregg: I am not a fan of vouchers

The day I'm elected is when the war on public education and public educators, our schoolteachers, quits. I'm not a fan of vouchers, not one bit at all. Those are public tax dollars.
Source: Indiana Public Media on 2016 Indiana Gubernatorial race Sep 28, 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: 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

Mike Pence: Eliminate "No Child Left Behind" K-12 testing requirements

Source: Congressional Indiana 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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

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