DeVon: House supports bill helping students impacted by pandemic

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, February 5, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives this week advanced legislation that would establish the Student Learning Recovery Grant Program to help students experiencing learning loss due to the pandemic, according to State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger).

DeVon said the proposal would create a $150 million grant program to provide individuals or organizations resources to help students who have fallen behind in class, who scored below academic standards or who are at risk of falling behind after experiencing learning loss due to transitions caused by COVID-19.

"Indiana is in a good fiscal standing and we are able to further invest in our students and schools," DeVon said. "We owe it to our kids to ensure they have all the tools and resources to give them the best opportunities for academic success."

DeVon 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. DeVon 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.

House Bill 1008 now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5, which includes portions of St. Joseph County.

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