Indiana lawmakers outline goals for education in 2023 – Chalkbeat Indiana

by | Nov 21, 2022 | Education

Spending more on schools and making high school more relevant are top of mind for Indiana lawmakers heading into the 2023 session, legislative leaders said Monday.Speaking at a preview event with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the leaders of the Democrat and Republican caucuses highlighted proposals to graduate students who are prepared for the workforce and willing to stay in Indiana, as the state grapples with declining college enrollment and the academic impact of the pandemic. However, GOP leaders essentially stayed mum about whether they’ll take another crack at last year’s unsuccessful curriculum bill that sought to restrict what teachers could say about race and racism. Republicans, who hold a supermajority in both chambers of the legislature, will seek more work-based learning in high school. Democrats, meanwhile, stressed the need for the state to improve its educational attainment, beginning with early learning. 

The legislative session begins in early January. The ceremonial start to the session — known as Organization Day —  is on Nov. 22, when representatives can begin filing bills. Here are the education issues to watch for as the session kicks off. Rethinking what high school looks likeSpeaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) said a top priority for House Republicans is to “reinvent” high school, so that students can work and use job-based opportunities to receive credit toward graduation. “We have to adjust to a new economy,” Huston said. The current high school structu …

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