Governor signs school choice bills
STATEHOUSE -Two education reform bills, House Enrolled Act 1002 and House Enrolled Act 1003, were signed by Governor Mitch Daniels. There were many in attendance to witness this historic event.
House Enrolled Act 1002, charter schools, was authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and co-authored by State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), State Rep. Mary Ann Sullivan (D-Indianapolis) and State Rep. Cindy Noe (R-Indianapolis).
House Enrolled Act 1003, school choice scholarships, was authored by Rep. Behning and coauthored by Speaker Bosma.
"Allowing parents to choose the school that will best meet their child's needs is an integral part of our quest to ensure all students have access to a high quality education," said Rep. Behning, Chairman of the Education Committee. "By the Governor signing these bills today, we are creating an education system that provides all students a great academic future regardless of zip code or income."
House Enrolled Act 1002 expands options for charter schools by allowing them more access to charter school sponsors and will provide more opportunities for charters to innovate. The bill removes many of the obstacles that have prohibited charter school expansion in past years.
House Enrolled Act1003 provides families, who do not have the financial means, a scholarship to pay the cost of tuition at a private school or fees at a public school.
The bill also establishes a tax deduction for individual taxpayers who make expenditures for enrollment of a dependent child in a private school or to home school a dependent child. In addition, House Bill 1003 increases the aggregate cap on education scholarship tax credits.
"Indiana has now given families more opportunities to choose the educational path that best works for their child," said Rep. Behning. "I am pleased that the Governor has signed these bills into law and proud that Indiana is a leader in the education reform movement. Hoosier students will reap the benefits of this legislation for generations to come."