Indiana Senate Education Committee Paves the Way for Innovation in Education

Indiana Senate Education Committee Paves the Way for Innovation in Education

Today, the Indiana Senate Education Committee passed a bill that would give schools the flexibility to innovate and better customize student learning.

Indiana House Bill 1003, authored by Rep. Jack Jordan, allows the State Board of Education to grant schools waivers from restrictive laws and rules that can hinder innovation. Examples of rules that could be waived include seat-time requirements, state mandated curriculum, unnecessary reporting, restriction around working with local industry and unfunded mandates.

“This is an opportunity for Indiana to put local education leaders in the driver’s seat, reimagine education and transform classrooms into 21st-century learning environments that meet the needs of all students.”

Zach Eckert, Regional Legislative Director, ExcelinEd in Action

Next generation learning prioritizes innovative, student-centered practices that can transform conventional, one-size-fits-all systems to systems that identify and adapt to student needs. The hallmark of next generation learning programs is the opportunity for participating school districts or schools to identify and request exemption from the state laws and policies that present obstacles to innovation and improvement.

The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

For more information school next generation learning, visit ExcelinEd’s policy library.