Indiana Senate committee considers charter school creation bill

The Indiana Senate Education Committee heard hours of testimony yesterday on a bill which would increase the opportunity for new charter school creation.  Speaker Brian Bosma, the bill’s author, says charter schools are not a cure-all, but do offer choice and possible change.

Bosma on Charter School Creation

Indiana State Teachers Association representative Gail Zeheralis  spoke in opposition to the bill, saying at a time when schools are struggling with resources, the state doesn’t need even more schools.

Zeheralis on Charter Schools

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett says there needs to be a shift in thinking when it comes to school funding.  He says charter schools are not taking money away, but working towards the same end – educating children.  The committee will consider amendments and vote on the bill next week.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports from the Statehouse.

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