General Assembly Gathers Tomorrow For Organization Day

By Scott Sarvay

November 15, 2010 Updated Nov 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Indiana lawmakers will gather Tuesday for Organization Day at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Republicans now control both the Indiana House and Senate following this month's elections with the session beginning in January.

The biggest issues lawmakers face are passing a new 2-year state budget.

Another hot button issue for Indiana lawmakers will be education.

Governor Mitch Daniels has set out an agenda for lawmakers making education a big part of it .

Some things being considered include: more students could attend a growing number of charter schools.

Parents might be able to use public money for private school tuition.

Teachers could see tenure rules changed and could earn bigger paychecks if their work in the classroom pays off with student achievement.

Lawmakers could shift school funding from shrinking urban and rural districts to growing suburban areas.

The Governor also wants the state to reward students who graduate high school early.

Daniels is asking the General Assembly to allow students who choose to graduate early to use much of the money the state would save to pay for higher education.

The State Department of Education says the state spends an average of $5,866 per student per year.

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