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House approves Rogers’ measure to promote family participation in schools
Start Date: 3/21/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/21/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana House of Representatives recently passed a proposal authored by State Senator Earline Rogers (D-Gary) to boost family involvement in public schools through a Family Friendly School Designation Program.

“Parent involvement is key to a child’s academic achievement,” Sen. Rogers said. “This bill would increase opportunities for family participation in schools, which helps reinforce the positive lessons children learn both at home and at school.”

Under Senate Bill (SB) 422, a school may be awarded a family friendly school title based on opportunities to encourage parent involvement in school activities. The Indiana Department of Education would develop the program in partnership with statewide organizations that link family involvement with student success. The groups would work together to establish criterion and rubrics for schools to follow if they wish to seek the designation.

This legislation takes into account extensive studies that correlate parental involvement with high student success rates. SB 422 would require the Indiana Department of Education to provide each school with a best practices model for encouraging family engagement in students’ academic lives.

SB 422 passed unanimously out of the Indiana House of Representatives and now returns to the Senate where the authors of the bill will have the opportunity to consider changes made in the House.

Sen. Rogers represents Indiana Senate District 3 which encompasses portions of Lake County. District 3 communities include Gary, Lake Station, New Chicago, Hobart, Ainsworth, Merrillville and Crown Point.

For more information on Sen. Rogers, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit


NOTE: A photo of Sen. Earline Rogers can be downloaded at

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock-Mannies
Phone: 317-232-9496
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  • Category:
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    Senate Democratic Caucus

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