Of course, the most important aspect for achieving Indiana’s long-term success is all about our kids. It’s about our schools.
If we can’t succeed in the classroom, we won’t succeed in the marketplace. The great news is Indiana schools are succeeding.
This year more than 500 public schools improved a full letter grade or more. With nearly 20,000 Choice Scholarships currently in use, Indiana has the fastest growing school choice program in the country.
And, with strong bipartisan support from both Chambers, we are busy making career and vocational education an option again for every high school student in Indiana. We are expanding
curricula in our high schools and developing new partnerships with local businesses to support career and technical education on a regional basis.
While anyone who wants to go to college should be encouraged to go, there are a lot of good jobs in Indiana that don’t require a college degree. These new partnerships will make sure our schools work for all our kids.
To ensure we succeed, I am proposing legislation that will conduct an in-depth assessment of how our career and technical education dollars are being spent.
And let’s make sure that adults who have a high school degree get the skills they need to get back on their feet by repurposing current job training dollars to help adult workers get high-wage, high-demand jobs available today.
Hoosiers have high expectations when it comes to Indiana schools. That’s why Indiana decided to take a time-out on national education standards.
When it comes to setting standards for schools, I can assure you, Indiana’s will be uncommonly high. They will be written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers and will be among the best in the nation.
Our progress is a testament to our students, our teachers, our parents, and our State Board of Education. Join me in thanking every member of the State Board of Education and Superintendent Glenda Ritz. It’s good to see you all here tonight.