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.
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.
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.