[R88] Speaker Bosma honored with National Charter Champion Award (5/22/2012)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Start Date: 5/22/2012 All Day
End Date: 5/22/2012
STATEHOUSE—House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) was presented with the 2012 Charter Champion Award from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C. during National Charter Schools Week.

“We are honored that Speaker Bosma has gained national recognition for his long-time efforts to expand high quality education options for children,” says Russ Simnick, President of the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association. “His award once again puts the spotlight on Indiana as a leader in education,” Simnick adds.

Indiana House Republicans, lead by Speaker Bosma, championed education choice and reform issues over the past two years and have been cited as an example for many other states to follow in the area of school vouchers and charter schools. In addition, under the House Republican’s fiscal leadership they were able to make the most significant investment in early education by fully funding full-day Kindergarten for the first time in the state’s history.

“I am humbled to be recognized by such an outstanding organization and I am grateful to those that are responsible for this nomination,” said Speaker Bosma. “I have been an advocate for charter schools since the early days of the charter movement. Parents, regardless of income or zip code, deserve the right to decide what type of school best serves their child’s needs.”

Last year, Speaker Bosma received the Legislator of the Year award from the Indiana Public Charter School Association recognizing the Speaker’s long-time support of public charter schools. He also received the Golden Apple award from Indiana Virtual Families for his tireless work to gain the passage of funding for the virtual school program in the 2009 state budget.

In his public capacity, Speaker Bosma serves constituents in parts of Marion and Hamilton Counties. He was first elected to the General Assembly in 1986, previously served as Speaker in 2004-2006 and was re-elected by members of the Republican Caucus to serve as Speaker again during the 117th General Assembly. He is a partner with Kroger Gardis and Regas, LLP, and is also a founding director of Bosma Industries for the Blind and the Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation.

“The path for more education options in Indiana has been a long battle but I will continue to protect and fight for all children and families who wish to have school choice, said Speaker Bosma. “I am pleased that under House Republicans those high quality options have become available to Hoosiers across the state.”