This bill realigns responsibilities for the delivery of career, technical and adult education between the State Board of Education and the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The State Board of Education will be responsible for career and technical education, while the DWD will be responsible for adult education.
House Bill 1340 was co-authored by Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) and Rep. Shelia Klinker (D- Lafayette).
"My support for any legislation that reforms our education system will be contingent on whether the legislation provides an excellent educational foundation for future generations, and House Bill 1340 does just that," said Rep. Thompson. "This bill garnered unanimous support in the House and is essential to strengthening our adult education system.
The realignment of these programs creates a workforce development strategy that better coordinates services for adults, who need basic skills remediation, re-employment assistance and occupational training.
The provisions of this bill requires the State Board of Education to be responsible for receiving, distributing and accounting for funds received for Career and Technical Education programs. This changes the current set-up, where the DWD and State Board of Education split the administration of this program. The DWD will be responsible for the General Education Development (GED) diploma program and for the planning and implementation of adult education programs.
According to a 2009 report by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, over 500,000 Hoosiers, who are of workforce age, do not have GED or a diploma. Out of that 500,000, only 38,000 were enrolled in adult education programs last year.
"The enactment of this bill is yet another step in moving us toward providing a high quality education to all Hoosiers and making the State of Indiana competitive in the new world economy," said Rep. Behning.