[r20] Rep. Dermody Votes 'No' to Unnecessary Education Mandate (4/22/2009)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Start Date: 4/22/2009 All Day
End Date: 4/22/2009

House Bill 1416 takes an unnecessary and one-size-fits-all approach to school discipline, said Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte). The bill would require school corporations to comply with a state-mandated plan for classroom discipline. School corporations would also have to report regular progress to the Indiana Department of Education.

"Schools have already created programs of discipline that best fit their individual needs," said Rep. Dermody. "What might be best for Winamac might not be the best for LaPorte, Evansville or Gary. We don't need to continually hand down across-the-board mandates for schools. Our educators and administrators know their own schools best, and it's in their best interest to have individual plans in place.

"I believe a state-level model plan might end up serving as a cookie-cutter answer to an issue that needs to be thoroughly vetted at the local level given each school's diversity. Our local educators spend time in classrooms, and expecting Indianapolis to create a better system seems far-fetched."

The bill made its final passage out of the House 97-2, and now travels to the governor's desk.