Rep. Behning pleased to see Hoosier children given more access to School ChoiceSTATEHOUSE – Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) is pleased to see Hoosier children put first as Governor Mike Pence signed House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1003, an expansion of Indiana’s School Choice program, into law today. Rep. Behning accompanied Gov. Pence to Calvary Christian School for the bill signing.
“This law gives more Hoosier students the opportunity to access the School Choice program, meaning parents and students will have a greater say in their education,” said Rep. Behning. “It is imperative for us to fight for every student to have the best education possible so that they can start off on the right foot and realize their greatest potential.”
HEA 1003 will make changes to Indiana’s School Choice program, giving more students the opportunity to access the program. The voucher cap will rise to $4,700 next year and $4,800 the following year. HEA 1003 will also improve the current school grading system, creating one letter ranking focusing primarily on how students improve. Additionally, the attendance of a full kindergarten year will now qualify as two semesters in a public school before a student can access the School Choice program.
Eligibility requirements were expanded to include the siblings of Choice Scholarship recipients and children with disabilities. HEA 1003 will also remove the requirement for students to attend a year of public school if they qualify under the 150% threshold for free and reduced lunch and live in a failing school district.
“HEA 1003 allows Hoosier students more access to schools that best fits their needs,” said Rep. Behning. “Indiana’s students are the future, and it is a moral obligation that we do everything in our power to prepare them and provide the necessary tools for them to reach their full potential. Every student should have access to a high-performing school; their livelihood depends on it.”
Rep. Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents portions of Marion and Hendricks counties. Rep. Behning is the Chairman of the Education Committee, and also serves on the Public Health and Utilities and Energy committees.