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Senate Vote Pending on Charter School Bill

The Indiana Senate is preparing to debate and vote on a bill to significantly improve and expand charter school options in Indiana.

House Bill 1002, authored by Speaker of the House Brian Bosma (R-Indpls.), would expand the number of charter schools, provide more options for students, assist with facilities, and bring equity in funding to charter schools. As one national expert testified, this bill will make Indiana’s charter school one of the strongest in the nation.

What would House Bill 1002 do?

·         Helps increase the number of charter schools by allowing private universities, mayors of second-class cities, and a new state charter schools board to authorize charter schools. It would also eliminate current limits on the number of charter schools.

·         Increases accountability measures for charter school authorizers to help assure they require strong management and performance in charter schools.

·         Makes unused and under-utilized public school buildings available to charter school start-ups. Also closes the current funding gap between public charter schools and traditional public schools.

Charter schools are demonstrating real successes in many communities around the state in providing new public school options for parents that really work in increasing student achievement. Parent satisfaction with charter schools is very high and students are succeeding at significantly higher rates.

Action Needed: Please ask your state senator to "please support charter schools and House Bill 1002."