INDIANAPOLIS-The governor signed Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 268 on Thursday, giving final approval to legislation that will establish an advisory committee comprised of experts and advocates from around the state to promote early education. State Senator Earline Rogers (D-Gary) authored the act, which will allow greater advisor input to improve educational outcomes for all Indiana children. The act received overwhelming bipartisan support this legislative session, gaining approval in the Senate by a vote of 42-8 and in the House by a vote of 95-0.
Sen. Rogers, who was in attendance at the bill signing, said she is happy to see the legislation become law.
"This body of advisors will be crucial in providing recommendations on how to improve early education opportunities," said Sen. Rogers. "The state needs to do all it can to promote better educational outcomes for all children, and this legislation is an important component in doing that. I expect the new advisory board to provide initiatives that will create a foundation for the future success of all Hoosier children."
Under the act, members of the committee will provide professional and technical assistance to the Indiana Education Roundtable, a state board made up of key education, business, community and government leaders charged with ensuring that the state has world class academic standards for student learning. Sen. Rogers is a member of the roundtable and says that the committee would be a great resource to offer improvements on how to start the education process earlier.
The new law will take effect July 1, 2012.
For more information on Sen. Rogers, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.SenateDemocrats.IN.gov.
NOTE TO EDITOR: A photo of the Sen. Rogers with Governor Mitch Daniels and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett is available at the following link: http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/files/blog/rogers.DanielsII..3.15.12.jpg
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