Students in the Spotlight Today – Open Item
Yesterday it was Congressman Todd Young (R-Bloomington) getting all the attention for getting his first bill passed. Now the delegation’s other Todd, Congressman Todd Rokita (R-Clermont) is working to get his Student Success Act passed. Consideration continues on his legislation on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives at 9 am this morning. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Rokita and House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and makes some significant changes to what we have come to know as “No Child Left Behind”
Rep. Rokita’s comments on the legislation when he introduced it:
The administration’s efforts to bypass Congress and impose its own education agenda through executive fiat are unacceptable – but so is continuing to leave states and school districts tied to a failing law. The Student Success Act provides a new way forward. The legislation ensures state and local education leaders will have every opportunity to do what’s right for our children, and prevents excessive federal intrusion in our classrooms. By getting out of their way and affording more flexibility, we believe this proposal will help parents and teachers set more children on the path to a successful future. I look forward to moving the Student Success Act through the committee and onto the House floor in the coming weeks
Also, State Senator Jim Merritt is quoted by Jim Shella of WISH-TV in a story about Indiana’s synthetic drug laws. Shella reports that the number of overdoses caused by abusing synthetic drugs reported to the Indiana Poison Center has dropped significantly. Legislation to regulate bath salts and spice were first pushed at the local level in many communities and ultimately the General Assembly decided to take action statewide.
Finally, while the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette was wrong yesterday about State Representative Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) not already facing a challenger in the 2014 primary election, they were correct about Fort Wayne lawyer Michael Barranda making it official that he would also be in the race. WANE-TV has the story covering Barranda’s announcement and Rep. Morris’s response. The 84th District race may get more attention than it normally would given the lack of contested primary elections on the ballot.
Late yesterday I posted an analysis of Governor Mike Pence’s selection of Marsha Coats to be the next Indiana National Republican Committeewoman, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t done so already. Also, later today we’ll have our latest list of nominees for Tweet of the Week – be sure to vote and share with your friends!