The Indiana Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee recently voted to endorse Gov. Pence’s education agenda for the 2015 legislative session.

Several of the governor’s proposals clearly put Hoosier students first, including raising the base funding per pupil, developing a better approach to turning around failing schools and lifting the dollar cap for school choice.

As with any wide-ranging policy agenda, there are ideas that we would like to see taken even further. In recent progress reports on our Indiana Vision 2025 plan, we have noted that Indiana is making substantial progress, but we are not moving far enough or fast enough in some areas.

Giving the State Board of Education authority to elect its own chair would be a good step, if making the state superintendent an appointed position is not enacted – as the Indiana Chamber has advocated for decades. Indiana’s children deserve a focused State Board of Education that will function more smoothly.

The Indiana Chamber also believes that simply renewing the five-county preschool pilot program is not sufficient; there are many Hoosier children entering kindergarten unprepared to learn. Indiana needs to move forward this year to provide funding that will help all low-income families access educational preschool programs.

Tom Easterday

Chairman of the Board

Indiana Chamber of Commerce

 

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