Carbaugh's bill helping students impacted by pandemic passes House

Carbaugh's bill helping students impacted by pandemic passes House

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives advanced legislation State Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) co-authored that would establish a grant program to help students experiencing learning loss due to the pandemic.  

According to Carbaugh, students transitioning back and forth between e-learning and classroom learning are likely to experience some form of learning loss. He said the proposal would create a $150 million grant program to provide individuals or organizations resources to help students this summer who have fallen behind in class, scored below academic standards or are at risk of falling behind.

"All students deserve to have the tools and resources to reach their full potential," Carbaugh said. "This grant program is designed to close learning gaps created by the pandemic, and connect students with the tools and resources to catch up to their peers. While the steps schools have taken over the last year have been necessary to keep our children and educators safe, we must now work to ensure students are prepared for the next grade."

Carbaugh said many students experience some form of learning loss after summer break, but most are typically able to relearn forgotten lessons quickly. However, a recent study completed by Stanford's Center for Research on Education Outcomes, shows the average Indiana student lost 129 days of reading knowledge and 209 days of math knowledge as a result of COVID-19 disruptions.  

Program criteria for grants would be determined by the Indiana Department of Education, along with the State Board of Education. Carbaugh said applying organizations, which could include local schools, colleges or universities, community or philanthropic organizations, and prospective, current and retired educators, would be required to submit a plan detailing the programs that would supplement a student's regular coursework. The DOE would be responsible for overseeing the grant program.

Visit iga.in.gov for more information on House Bill 1008. This legislation now moves to the Indiana Senate for further consideration.

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State Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) represents House

District 81, which includes a portion of Allen County.

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CAPTION: State Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) speaks with another lawmaker Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in the Indiana Government Center South House Chamber in Indianapolis, about legislation he co-authored that would establish a grant program to help students experiencing learning loss due to the pandemic. House Bill 1008 passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives and can now be considered by the Indiana Senate.