Cook: Gov. Holcomb signs law increasing student course options

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, June 8, 2017

STATEHOUSE (June 8, 2017) — Gov. Eric Holcomb recently ceremonially signed a law authored by State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) providing students with increased access to specialty classes and business or trade certification programs.

Cook said this new law will help balance the educational playing field for students by allowing them to take courses at a different school or through an online program not offered, while remaining enrolled in their current school.

“This new policy will help all students across Indiana, regardless of where they are enrolled,” Cook said. “Some schools may lack the necessary resources to provide specialty classes or certification trade programs in high-demand areas. Students and their families will now have the option to customize their education courses that will lead them on the path to their career.”

According to Cook, the Indiana Department of Education can establish the Course Access Program while overseeing courses and course providers. Students will be able to enroll in an approved class with certain vetting from their school corporation.

This law goes into effect July 1. To learn more, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

A high-resolution photo of Cook can be downloaded by clicking here.

Attached and below: Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated, center) at the Statehouse ceremonially signs into law a measure authored by State Rep. Tony Cook (seated, left) providing students with increased access to specialty classes and business or trade certification programs not provided at certain schools. Cook and Holcomb were joined by State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) (seated, right) and, standing from left to right, State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) and State Rep. Sheila Klinker (D-Lafayette).