NEW YORK Indiana's education reform is grabbing national headlines this week. Governor Mike Pence was asked to speak on a pane at NBC’s annual Education Nation Summit in New York.
Back in May, Governor Pence signed legislation to halt the implementation of Common Core standards, in favor of a plan that's tailored to Hoosier students. Some of the key aspects of that plan include a widespread voucher program for private schools and an education that focuses on preparing Hoosier students for the workplace.
Pence has spent much of his first year in office trying to improve coordination between Indiana's K-12 schools, colleges and manufacturing companies. He created a series of regional works councils earlier this year to study how to better coordinate education and training. Pence has also looked to expand education overhauls championed by former Gov. Mitch Daniels and former School Superintendent Tony Bennett.
National media have named Indiana among the most progressive education states in the country, and Governor Pence says the praise is deserved.
“Indiana is the fiscal envy of the country. This year we were able to restore recent cuts in K-12 education to expand our voucher program,” he says. “Our commitment is to make vocational training a standard in every high school. We envision that occurring long term, and creating partnerships with business and industry in the state of Indiana.”
He delivered those remarks Monday during NBC’s Education Nation Summit. More than 300 teachers, parents, students and policy makers are at the 4th annual summit. They explore ideas to ensure that students are prepared for their futures in college and in careers.
Pence joined two Democratic governors, Massachusetts' Deval Patrick and Kentucky's Steve Beshear, on the panel Monday.