Cook: Summer study committee to examine ways to reduce education mandates

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Friday, September 6, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 6, 2019) – The Interim Study Committee on Education on Tuesday is set to take a closer look at the number of requirements placed on teachers and schools, according to State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero).

Cook, a member of the committee, said beyond educating students, teachers are required to be trained on criminal organization, blood borne pathogens, suicide prevention, domestic violence and human trafficking. He said the growing number requirements have become cumbersome for schools.

“As a former school superintendent and principal, I understand teachers just want to be in the classroom educating our young Hoosiers instead of spending hours in trainings,” Cook said. “These requirements schools and teachers have to meet were made with good intention, but we need to explore ways to make sure they are getting done in a more streamlined manner.”

This comes after Cook authored a new law earlier this year requesting the interim committee to examine this issue. That legislation passed out of the House and Senate with unanimous support.

The study committee is set to meet at the Statehouse in the House Chamber at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. The meeting can be viewed live online at iga.in.gov. This site also provides committee calendars and meeting agendas. Members of the public are welcomed to attend.

 

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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.

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