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KRUSE REPORT: Prioritizing the Future of Education in Indiana
Start Date: 5/14/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/14/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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By State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn)

One of the General Assembly’s greatest achievements this session was providing funding for education and new opportunities for Hoosier students of all ages. As chairman of the Senate Education Committee, I couldn’t be more thankful for the efforts that made these advancements possible.

Our legislative efforts focused on several different aspects of education policy. Highlights include:

  • Increased K-12 funding by $333 million, including $30 million to reward Indiana’s top-performing schools.
  • Increased student financial aid by $75 million and public university funding by more than $100 million over the biennium.
  • Expanded opportunities for regional college campuses to give them more flexibility to serve their students.
  • Provided academic assistance to our returning veterans by expanding resident tuition rate eligibility and creating the “combat to college” program to support them through school and after graduation.
  • Improved transparency in higher education grading and employment practices to make sure universities are efficient and accountable.  
  • Enhanced credit transferability to minimize students’ excess college costs.

Our budget provides the largest education investment in state history. As part of that investment, we wanted to help young people gain relevant skills to set themselves apart in a global economy and workforce. That’s why a significant component of this funding provides for high school programs that will make our students college and career ready after graduation.

Many Hoosier students will enter the workforce upon achieving their high school diploma, and we must ensure those students are prepared to pursue the career of their choice. Legislation I authored, Senate Enrolled Act 465, broadens high school vocational education programs and helps address the skills gap across Indiana. This new law gives the governor authority to create Indiana Works Councils, each serving a different region of the state. The Councils will ensure more students graduate with the jobs skills and college credits they need to succeed by overseeing career, vocational and technical education programs in high schools. From there, they will make recommendations on what could be improved to help these local students accomplish their goals.

This state budget’s emphasis on K-12 education and beyond reflects our priorities for the future of our state. Our children deserve the best education possible, and I believe our efforts this session will expand access to more learning opportunities for more young people. Ultimately, this will put our state in a better position to help Hoosiers raise their families and grow as people.

What do you think?

Contact Information:
Name: Paula Freund
Phone: 317-232-7184
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  • Category:
  • Education
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    Senate Republican Caucus

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