[r76] Rep. McNamara studies transportation and education issues (8/25/2011)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Start Date: 8/25/2011 All Day
End Date: 8/25/2011

Rep. McNamara studies transportation and education issues

STATEHOUSE -Rep. Wendy McNamara (R- Mt. Vernon) attended the Joint Study Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions and the Interim Study Committee on Education this week.

The Joint Study Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions discussed Indiana's infrastructure needs through 2035 and which of those needs are at their most critical.

"It is essential that we define what Indiana's transportation needs are. Keeping Indiana's infrastructure up-to-date is imperative to ensuring our roadways meet the needs of our residents as well as our business community," said Rep. McNamara.

During the Joint Study Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions, legislators heard from a number of business leaders as well as the Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Mike Cline, about the growing challenges of Indiana's infrastructure demands and the need for a comprehensive, long-term plan. 

The Interim Study Committee on Education studied the cause of low graduation rates in some of Indiana's high schools and looked to identify what best practices are for increasing high school graduation rates.

"My focus is to not just raise graduation rates, but to raise the quality of education that graduates receive. I want to ensure that our students are prepared to work in the 21st Century job market," said Rep. McNamara. "Without a high school diploma, the chances for an individual to successfully support themselves and their family are greatly diminished.   Our state must address this issue by implementing best practices that propel more high school students to graduate with an education that will serve them well throughout their life."

Legislators heard from many education professionals during the Interim Study Committee for Education Issues. Some of the speakers were Dan Clark from the Indiana Department of Education, Terry Spradlin from the Center For Evaluation & Education Policy at Indiana University, Julie Baumgart and Christopher Slaten from the Indiana School Counselors Association and John Newby from Ivy Tech.

This meeting and future meetings will be broadcast online for those unable to attend. To watch, please visit http://www.in.gov/legislative/index.htm. Both committees have more meetings scheduled throughout the month of September to continue discussions on these topics.