Legislative Agenda – 2013

In educating Indiana’s young people for their roles as citizens and productive members of our society, IUSA looks forward to the 2013 Legislative Session and collaborative efforts with all concerned. Building on the record of continuous improvement, investment and innovation, IUSA recognizes equity means opportunity for each youngster, regardless of how, when or where that child enters the system. Education is the principal economic engine of our democracy and an investment in our collective future. In alignment with the Indiana Constitution, IUSA will work toward all legislation which advances the well being and achievement of each student.

  • Revise the current A-F school grading system so that an IMPROVEMENT rating is in place as stated by PL221 and also so that growth metrics conform with Indiana laws requirement to compare each school with its own prior performance and not to the performance of other schools
  • Advocate that all private and charter schools in Indiana which are supported with state funds must  be treat equally, expected to meet the same academic and legal standards, and have equal access regardless of background, race, religion, gender or academic standing.
  • Advocate that the state surplus not be depleted until the educational funding losses within the State of Indiana have been met or replaced.  Reverse the four year downward trend of school funding.
  • Implement the full funding of All Day Kindergarten (include kindergarten count at 100%) through legislation.  Begin to fund a pre-school program.
  • Full ADM Credit, based on original cohort status, should be granted for all early graduates.
  • Advocate for the proper implementation of the Common School Fund and the distribution of criminal forfeitures.
  • Grant fiscal relief to corporations disproportionately impacted by property tax caps.
  • Do not expand the voucher and tax credit programs nor lower the eligibility standards
  • Summer school and/or intersession programs for students who are below grade level or who have failed ISTEP should be made compulsory and be fully funded.
  • Advocate for legislation that supports compulsory enrollment by age six (6).
  • Greater discussion of the entire accountability system with all stakeholders, including legislators, needs to take place.  A focus on improving the system by aligning student data and information given to teachers needs to be implemented.  The accountability system needs to be studied for improvement annually.