[r91] Rep. Behning Delivers on Education Promises (4/29/2011)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Start Date: 4/29/2011 All Day
End Date: 4/29/2011
STATEHOUSE - The 2011 legislative session has been a session of historic challenges and historic accomplishments. Despite the road bumps presented this session House Republicans have delivered on the promises they made in 2010. Rep. Behning (R-Indianapolis) along with other House Republican legislators presented the 'Strengthen Indiana Plan' in Sept. of 2010, a key aspect of that plan focused on education reform.

House Republicans pledged to give families more choices for their children's education regardless of income or zip code. They have fulfilled their promise by expanding educational opportunities for Hoosier families, especially those of limited means.

Rep. Behning authored legislation creating school choice scholarships, which will provide families, who do not have the financial means, a scholarship to pay the cost of tuition and fees at a public or private school that best meets their student's needs.

Charter Schools were first authorized in Indiana in 2001. Now through the Charter School Bill, these public schools will be able to expand without obstacles and provide innovative options to public school students. House Republicans also moved legislation to reward high performing teachers with merit pay and will ensure all students have an effective teacher.

In the school funding formula, House Republicans demonstrated their commitment to education by focusing every additional dollar on the classroom. The school funding formula will now have dollars following the child into the classroom, immediately - not waiting two or three years for dollars to follow the child.

"We worked hard this legislative session to fundamentally strengthen our education system and we successfully put tools in place to allow all students to receive a high quality education. The education reform legislation passed this session has poised Indiana to become a national leader on the education reform front," said Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis).

"Our overriding goal for this session has been to give more educational opportunities to every Hoosier family," said Speaker Bosma.