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Indiana State Board of Education

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Established by the Indiana General Assembly, the State Board of Education oversees state K-12 education policymaking.  The bipartisan Board is composed of eleven members, including the Superintendent of Public Instruction who is the chairperson.  The remaining ten members are appointed by the Governor to represent each of the nine congressional districts and one member at-large.  No more than six of the members may be from the same political party, and four of the members must be licensed educators currently employed in an Indiana school.  Each member is appointed to serve a four-year term with a staggered schedule of reappointments, providing seasoned continuity for board member participation.

Indiana Code 20-19-2 enumerates the responsibilities of the Board, which include: 

  • Authorizing the distribution of state education funds to local schools;
  • Adopting rules to implement various programs and requirements;
  • Determining a school's P.L. 221 performance and improvement category designation;
  • Accrediting public and nonpublic schools; and,
  • Implementing interventions to improve school performance.

More information about the State Board of Education's formation, duties, and powers over the years can be found here.