Information¬†on Common Core
Our "Myth vs. Fact" sheet on Common Core answers many misperceptions.
Chamber applauds Common Core's continued implementation. Read release (April 26).
Major repercussions for Indiana without Common Core. Read release (April 24).
Poll: Hoosiers support Common Core academic standards 2-1. Read¬†release (April 23).
Common Core academic standards need to stay. Read press release (January 16).
Education needs to be more data-driven; the business community can help. Read¬†more.
SUPPORT maintaining and implementing the 2011 reforms involving charter school expansion, school choice, merit pay for teachers and teacher collective bargaining reform.
Reason: Governor Pence and legislative leaders remain committed to these reforms. Nonetheless, we expect efforts to roll them back. These laws are the most significant enhancements to the state's education system in more than 20 years; they put the focus where it should be - on students and increasing their potential for academic achievement. The Indiana Chamber will work to keep these reforms intact.
SUPPORT the development of publicly-funded preschool initiatives for low-income families.
Reason: There is critical need for improved preschool opportunities, especially for low-income children whose families may not have the means to provide a high-quality preschool experience or to provide needed learning opportunities in the home. The Indiana Chamber supports publicly-funded preschool programs that are: focused on those families in greatest need, limited to initiatives that maintain parental choice, focused on concrete learning outcomes and integrated with reforms at the elementary school level that will maintain and build upon the gains.
SUPPORT increased focus and refinements for performance-based funding at public higher education institutions; incentivize degree completion, student persistence and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees.
Reason: This is even more important during tough fiscal times.
2013 Legislative Business Issues
Summary of the education (higher education; K-12) and workforce development public policies, which are used to initiate and evaluate legislation.
Questions on public policies in the education/workforce development arena?
Contact: Derek Redelman at (317) 264-6880.