[R76] Rep. McNamara: New school year, fresh start (8/22/2012 - 8/23/2012)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Start Date: 8/22/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/23/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM
New school year, fresh start

Class is in session, and I couldn’t be more excited to reconnect with my students. Students are picking up right where they left off by getting acclimated with new classes, students and teachers. All of the students have been full of laughter from summer stories as they connect with old and new friends. Everyone is on board for another great school year.

The excitement of a new school year brings a fresh start for students. Education provides a gateway of endless opportunities for our next generation of automotive technicians, engineers, teachers, farmers and doctors. Indiana is heavily invested in educating Indiana’s future leaders as education continues to be a topic of great interest and importance at the Statehouse. K-12 funding is over half of the state’s budget, one of the highest percentages in the country. Not to mention, last year the General Assembly allocated an additional $80M for statewide kindergarten programs, the most in Indiana’s history. 

Yet, we still want more for Hoosier students.

The Commission on Education, a summer study committee, was charged to dive deeper into the policies affecting education and to address how we can better serve the needs of Hoosier students. More specifically, the commission, made up of House and Senate members, will thoroughly examine the process of adoption and content of rules used by the Indiana State Board of Education. The focus will be on the categories or designations of school improvement, including the matrices used for the A-F designations. 
The commission is dedicated to exploring every function of education in this state, pre-kindergarten, K-12 and higher education. The commission’s work will set the tone for the upcoming session by providing recommendations to the General Assembly. I encourage you to watch committees live at http://www.in.gov/legislative/index.htm to stay up-to-date with the proceedings. 
With the new school year underway, I wish every teacher and faculty member the very best. They have all put in countless hours of preparation to ensure that this is a great school year. I also want to thank the hard-working support staffs that make sure the buses are running, the meals are prepared and the buildings are ready. A special thank you to our parents for all of their hard work in helping their children, our students, prepare for a successful future.

Please contact me if you have any questions , comments or concerns, by calling me at (317) 232-9671 or emailing me at h76@in.gov.


Guest column is published in the Posey County News.