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Empowering Hoosier Education

As we step into 2024, I remain steadfast in my belief that our Hoosier children are our most precious natural resource. Unencumbered by ties to corporations, unions, or government agencies, I am committed to shaping policies that empower parents to make informed decisions about their children’s education. While I am not “anti-public education,” I advocate for transformative changes. Our current policies, I believe, lean too heavily toward government control and lack the family-centric approach we need. It’s time to Give Education Back To The Parents.

Allow me to share my convictions regarding Indiana education:

  1. Local Control: Education should be locally driven. The State Department of Education must relinquish decision-making power to our local School Boards and School District Administrators. Who better understands the unique needs of our communities than those directly involved?

  2. Parental Autonomy: Parents deserve the ultimate say in their children’s education. Whether it’s choosing a traditional public school, a private institution, a charter school, or homeschooling, parents should have the freedom to decide what best suits their child’s learning journey.

  3. Funding Priorities: A significant portion of our state budget—60%—is allocated to education. Let’s ensure that the majority of these funds flow directly into our classrooms, benefiting our students and teachers alike.

  4. Student-Centric Approach: Dollars should follow the student, unencumbered by restrictions or strings. Whether a child learns in a public school, a private academy, or the comfort of their home, the government should not dictate their educational path. If an alternative educational entity chooses not to accept state funding, that choice should be respected.

  5. Against Common Core: I stand firmly against the common core curriculum. Every child is unique, and a one-size-fits-all system cannot adequately serve their diverse needs.

  6. Teacher Evaluation: Our teachers’ performance should not hinge solely on standardized test scores. Let’s free them from this burden, allowing them to focus on fostering a love for learning.

  7. Abolishing Statewide Standardized Testing: I would work with the General Assembly to abolish all statewide standardized testing. No longer will teachers be bound by teaching to the tests; instead, they can make learning fun and interesting again.

  8. Universal School Choice: I wholeheartedly support Universal School Choice. The dollars should follow the student, regardless of where parents choose to educate their children—public, private, charter, or homeschool. No restrictions, no strings attached.

Together, let’s champion an educational landscape that honors parental choice, values teacher expertise, and celebrates the individuality of each child. As we embark on this journey, I invite you to join me in shaping a brighter future for Hoosier education.

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