“Hoosiers have high expectations when it comes to Indiana schools,” Indiana Governor Pence stated in his State of the State speech. “That’s why Indiana decided to take a timeout 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.”
In 2014, Indiana legislators passed a law halting, perhaps temporarily, common-core implementation. He has decided to direct state policy towards expanding career education and higher educational partnerships through regional works council. Pence wants to make sure that PreK-16 impacts the workplace positively. Indiana’s exit from the common core has raised some eyebrows nationally as parents, educators, and politicians wait to see results of this decision.
Gov. Pence also used his speech to call for vouchers for prekindergarten, an expansion of charter schools, and incentives for teachers to move to low-performing schools. The Pence education members have created a teacher innovation fund for teachers who ignite a passion for education, as well as an increased budget giving higher education scholarships to low-income college students. Jan. 15, 2015 http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/01/22/18sos-3.h33.html