Friday, December 5, 2014

Pence Closes Down CECI, Releases Anti-Public Education Legislative Agenda

Indiana Statehouse
Since its creation, educators and small government advocates have railed against Governor Mike Pence's Center for Education and Career Innovation.  Critics called it a shadow Department of Education and part of the Governor's effort to undercut Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz.

Yesterday, the Governor reversed course and dissolved the CECI.  It's gone, but Governor Pence had a parting shot.  He released his 2015 legislative agenda, and it's not good for traditional public education.

Pence's legislative agenda calls for the Indiana General Assembly to keep the Superintendent of Public Instruction as part of the State Board of Education but to have that body elect its own chair.  It's a continued move to put the SBOE at the center of the state's education policy and away from the control of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The agenda also calls for more funding for charter schools and more freedom for districts to use performance-based pay for teachers and remove the cap on the education voucher program.

So, let me get this straight. The Governor got rid of the CECI, but he wants to continue to beef up charter schools, performance-based pay, and expand the voucher program?

Sounds like it's going to be a long legislative session for educators more than in just time alone.

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