A bill designed to allow the Indiana State Board of Education to elect its own chair is moving forward. House Bill 1609 is headed for a third and final reading in the House, which is expected next week. Democrats offered several amendments to the bill that were each defeated.

In testimony, Representative Matt Pierce (D-61) called the move a "power grab" by the Republican supermajorities.

Rep. Terri Austin (D-36), who also offered an amendment, says the bill will result in duplication and waste money.

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-88) says this measure is not a new one, as Democrats have charged.

A separate bill that also includes provisions that allow the board to select its own chair has received committee approval. That measure can be viewed by clicking here.

Sources: Inside INdiana Business and The Indiana General Assembly

February 5, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Governor Mike Pence today issued the following statement after the second reading of HB 1609, State Board of Education.

"For the sake of our kids, education in Indiana must function at the highest levels. Our administration took the first step to restore harmony in education governance by dissolving the Center for Education and Career Innovation, and we called on the General Assembly to give members of the State Board of Education the opportunity to choose their own Chair. By advancing HB 1609 on the House floor today, members of the General Assembly took an important step toward achieving this reform. I applaud Representative Jud McMillin for his efforts in moving this important legislation and urge members to support HB 1609 when it comes to the floor next week."

Source: The Office of Governor Mike Pence