Karen Francisco, writing for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has an article entitled Back in session: Indiana’s education brain trust. You know which way she’s going to run with this when she says:
Lawmakers are education experts, of course – they all went to school and know precisely how schools should be run.
This is maybe a corollary of Parkinson’s Law of Triviality which states, that the volume of discussion on a subject goes up as the technical difficulty goes down. The technical difficulty of good education policy is likely fairly high. But, everyone has an opinion on the classes they sat through as a kid.
Ms. Francisco highlights SB 184 which would continue to erode limits for voucher demands on public money. It provides that “a sibling of a student who is receiving a choice scholarship is eligible to receive a choice scholarship without first attending two semesters in a public school or receiving a scholarship from a scholarship granting organization.”
The ostensible reason for these vouchers is to create choices for people stuck in public schools. But, this continues the trend of providing a subsidy to those who weren’t stuck in public schools but, rather, simply want a subsidy for a choice they could already afford (and were already affording.)
The column also highlights SB 193 which would exempt Indiana from the Common Core State Standards, SB 189 which would exempt high performing districts from certain requirements – measures designed to undermine urban schools are apparently having some unintended spill over into wealthier, suburban schools.