Guest column submitted by House Speaker Brian C. Bosma, Oct. 3, 2016
The single most important factor in student success is an outstanding teacher in the classroom. That’s why our schools need a strong hiring pool of high-quality teachers to ensure Hoosier students have the best chance of success.
To help attract and retain top talent, I authored a new law this year establishing the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship. This program, which received bipartisan support, is designed to incentivize our best and brightest high school graduates to pursue degrees in teaching and work in Indiana’s classrooms.
Beginning Nov. 1, both incoming and current college students studying education can apply for the scholarship, which awards $7,500 per year toward college costs to those who commit to teaching in Indiana's public or private schools for five years after graduating.
The scholarship is available to 200 students statewide each year who either graduate in the top 20 percent of their class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. While in college, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year to continue receiving the grant. Graduates must obtain their teaching license and teach in Indiana for five consecutive years. The commission can make special exceptions for life's unexpected circumstances on a case-by-case basis.
Students interested in applying must be nominated by a teacher and submit their nomination form to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Students are encouraged to complete the nomination form before the application period opens.
I applaud the work of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and Commissioner Teresa Lubbers in implementing this new program and launching a promotional campaign to spread the word about this great opportunity. Students can visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/NextTeacher for information and to submit an application before the Dec. 31 deadline. The commission is also expected to launch TV, radio and digital advertisements this month.
Indiana’s new scholarship program represents a bipartisan effort with input and broad-based support from lawmakers, teachers and education organizations, including the Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, a coalition of Indiana colleges and universities, the Indiana State Teachers Association, the Indiana Catholic Conference and Stand for Children.
This new program will help our schools attract and retain highly qualified teachers – especially for subjects like STEM and special education. Hoosier students hold the keys to Indiana’s future, and we will continue to work together to strengthen our commitment to students, teachers and schools.
Speaker of the House: 2004-2006, 2010-Present
Indiana House of Representatives: 1986-Present
House District 88: Northeast portion of Marion County, a portion of southern Hamilton County and the western part of Hancock County
Occupation: Attorney - Kroger, Gardis & Regas
Education: B.S.E., Purdue University; J.D., Indiana University
Representative Bosma was first elected in 1986 to represent House District 88, which today encompasses the northeast portion of Marion County, a portion of southern Hamilton County and the western part of Hancock County.
As Speaker of the 114th General Assembly, Representative Bosma and the House Republicans worked to revitalize Indiana’s economy, passed the first balanced budget in a decade, adopted the strongest telecommunications reform legislation in the nation, created the position of Inspector General to expose and prevent fraud and corruption in state government, improved education opportunities for Hoosier school children, and addressed the needs of the most vulnerable in our state.
As Speaker of the 117th General Assembly, Bosma made sweeping changes to education reform through the House Republicans “Strengthen Indiana Plan.” He also broke 195 years of institutional tradition by appointing two Democrats to Committee Chair positions. In 2012, Speaker Bosma co-authored legislation making Indiana the 23rd Right to Work state.
Additionally, to encourage greater participation in the legislative process, Speaker Bosma opened House floor proceedings and House committee meetings to all Hoosiers via the Internet.
In the 118th General Assembly, Speaker Bosma along with House Republicans are working to create a budget with fiscal integrity, expanding educational opportunities and providing more opportunities for job creation by addressing the skills gap.
In his private life, Brian is a partner with the law firm of Kroger, Gardis, and Regas, focusing his practice in the areas of local government and environmental law. He was a founding Director of Bosma Industries for the Blind, Inc., which today employs over 85 blind and visually impaired Hoosiers in Central Indiana.
He is a graduate of Purdue University’s School of Engineering (1981) and the Indiana University School of Law (1984). Brian and his wife Cheryl attend Grace Community Church. They have two children: Chris, who is currently a student at the IU School of Medicine, and Allison, who is a chef in Colorado.
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House District 88 includes the northeast corner of Marion County and small portions of Hancock and Hamilton counties.
STATEHOUSE (October 4, 2016) – "The potential success for the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute continues to grow, and I congratulate the organization's new addition, Prof. Rainer Fischer, who will serve as its chief scientific and innovation officer," said House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis). "This institute plays a critical role in making Indiana a world leader in life sciences innovation and attracting top talent to our state. I look forward to continuing to support their efforts in the future."
STATEHOUSE (July 25, 2016) – "Today’s positive fiscal report is a clear indicator of our state’s continued strong, prudent fiscal management as we continue to hold a structurally balanced budget and healthy reserves under Republican leadership. At a time when many states, like Illinois, are facing budget shortfalls and crushing liabilities, we have kept taxes low for Hoosiers and job creators while making record investments in education and roads. Our strong fiscal discipline, AAA credit rating and our state’s record reserves will allow us to develop a comprehensive and sustainable long-term road funding solution next session."
STATEHOUSE (May 25, 2016) ― The Legislative Council today assigned topics for the General Assembly to study during the legislative interim.
The council includes eight members of the Indiana House of Representatives and eight members of the Indiana Senate. This year, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) serves as chair and Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) serves as vice-chair.
STATEHOUSE (May 18, 2016) – “Sue’s leadership, experience and passion for higher education will be a tremendous asset for Ivy Tech,” said Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis). “Our state’s community college plays a critical role in bridging the skills gap and strengthening the workforce pipeline – especially as more employers look to fill high-skill positions. I’m confident Sue will lead this great institution in a positive direction and I look forward to our continued work together in her new role.”
STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2016) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) today announced his appointments to a new panel charged with recommending a replacement for the ISTEP test.
INDIANAPOLIS (April 19, 2016) – “Today's decision is a win for Hoosiers who reach out in confidence to their legislators for help. Constituents sharing personal information deserve to do so with the assurance that those details will not end up in the media or in their neighbors’ hands. This communication has long been treated as legislative work product and we appreciate our state’s highest court leaving that long-standing practice in place.”
INDIANAPOLIS (April 8, 2016) – "Mr. Richter is once again allowed to sell his brooms on U.S. Postal Service property, and we are identifying with the Indianapolis postmaster the exact location that works at each branch he frequents. I sincerely appreciate the time, compassion and effort of post office officials, both locally and in Chicago, who worked expeditiously to make this right," Bosma said. "Jim has had a long-standing presence in Indianapolis and his personal story and positive attitude are inspiring. It's easy to understand why he had the community rallying behind him."
INDIANAPOLIS (April 7, 2016) – “Hoosier educators are one of Indiana's most critical resources, influencing the lives of thousands of students and shaping the future of our state,” said Bosma, author of House Enrolled Act 1002. “We believe the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship will encourage our best and brightest students to attend college and enter the teaching profession."
Teachers are one of Indiana's most critical resources, touching the lives of thousands of students and shaping the future of our state. Unfortunately, we know from recent teacher licensing data that fewer and fewer Hoosiers are choosing the teaching profession. This session we seized the opportunity to incentivize the best and brightest Hoosier students to enter and stay in Indiana classrooms.
As the Speaker of the Indiana House, I announced some lofty goals for this year’s short legislative session on Organization Day last November. Tackling road and bridge funding issues, protecting and promoting Indiana’s teachers and students, curbing our state’s illegal drug epidemic and replacing the ISTEP test all topped the list. And I made one more pledge – in this season of endless political sniping, the Indiana House would conduct itself in a civil, inclusive and bipartisan fashion. I am pleased to state that Hoosiers are winners on virtually each of these counts.
STATEHOUSE (March 3, 2016) – “It is an honor to join my colleagues today in confirming Eric Holcomb..."
STATEHOUSE (March 2, 2016) – "Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann has the heart of a servant leader..."
STATEHOUSE (March 1, 2016) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) led fellow House members today in honoring the life of Amy Beverland Elementary School Principal Susan Kelley Jordan.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 11, 2016) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) led fellow House lawmakers today in honoring the Indiana Boys & Girls Clubs for their dedication to helping thousands of Hoosier children and teenagers in need.
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 9, 2016) – “Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann is an extraordinary leader and public servant, who has dedicated herself to serving Hoosiers. I personally wish Sue the best in all of her future endeavors and thank her for her commitment to keeping Indiana on the right track..."
STATEHOUSE (February 9, 2016) ― Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and Indiana House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) issued the following statement today regarding SCR 27, a resolution honoring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson upon his retirement...
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 4, 2016) - "I am saddened by the loss of Governor Edgar Whitcomb and my thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a personal friend and a true public servant. He will be missed by all who knew him and will be long remembered for his courage and remarkable personal story, which has inspired countless Hoosiers, including this one."
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2016) – As session reached the halfway point this week, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said House Republicans have moved forward on passing their legislative agenda, which focused on road funding, supporting public educators and curbing illegal drugs.
In total, House members passed 116 bills, sending them to the Senate for consideration.
“House Republicans worked quickly and efficiently on passing all of our priority bills, including a comprehensive, responsible and sustainable road funding plan,” Bosma said. “I am proud of the progress made in the first half on these sound policies and look forward to continuing the momentum."
“House and Senate leaders, the Department of Education and the governor’s office agreed early on that we had to act quickly to ensure teachers and schools were held harmless from the transition to the new ISTEP standards..."
STATEHOUSE – Today the Legislative Council approved the appointment of John Robert “Bob” Rudolph to serve as the Chief Counsel for the Office of Legislative Ethics within the Legislative Services Agency (LSA). House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) was the author of House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1002, the ethics bill which passed in a bipartisan effort during the 2015 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) has appointed Dr. Byron L. Ernest to serve as a member of the Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE).
Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 1 provides for legislative appointments to the SBOE from the Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives as well as the President Pro Tempore of the Indiana State Senate. This will allow legislators to have increased input in the development of education policy in Indiana. SEA 1 will improve the autonomy of the SBOE and will ensure that Hoosier students have access to the best education possible.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) authored House Bill (HB) 1004, creating the Safety P.I.N. (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns) grant program to combat infant mortality in Indiana. The bill was co-authored by House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) and State Rep. Dave Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) and passed unanimously out of the House today.
“I strongly support the Governor's announcement to issue an Executive Order and immediately funding an outside consultant to solve the problems concerning the drastic increase in the ISTEP+ test. The decision to greatly multiply testing time in 2015 was the Superintendent’s decision alone, and legislators and even the State Board of Education were not consulted or informed of this before the public announcement of the extended test time.
STATEHOUSE – “Today marked a momentous occasion in our state’s history as Indiana’s first woman Chief Justice took the podium to deliver her first State of the Judiciary. I appreciated her call to improve public safety, strengthen families and modernize courts.
STATEHOUSE – “The Governor set exactly the right tone and we are fully aligned in our priorities. House Republicans announced in October our focus would be on crafting an honestly balanced budget, increasing public school funding, fixing the funding formula and addressing important aspects of public safety, namely infant mortality and domestic violence prevention.
STATEHOUSE — House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) is hosting his annual “Tweet Seats” during Governor Mike Pence’s State of the State address on Tuesday. Six prominent twitterviduals from around the state will be in attendance, tweeting live from the Statehouse with updates of Gov. Pence’s address.
House Speaker Brian C. Bosma Organization Day Speech, November 18, 2014