Daniels and Duncan Talk Education

By Scott Sarvay
By Max Resnik

April 15, 2011 Updated Apr 15, 2011 at 6:24 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Governor Mitch Daniels announced $150 million for K-12 funding and full day kindergarten for all students in the Hoosier State today.

The announcement came this morning along with a better-than-expected economic forecast. Today the governor said, “I have decided to recommend that the upcoming budget be augmented by the addition of $150 million for K-12 education, with a quarter of that money being used to complete the extension of full day kindergarten to every school district in the state.”

He also said, “Another smaller fund will provide new dollars to pay our best teachers more in the new system of rewarding performance, not seniority.”

Following this announcement Governor Daniels welcomed US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Indianapolis and the two shared a tour of the charter Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School. The two also held a town hall meeting for students and guests.

Daniels praised President Obama and Secretary Duncan for their push to better standards for both teachers and students across the country.

Charter schools, a huge topic of debate in the Hoosier State, was also a discussed today. Duncan said he’s in favor of the expansion of good charter schools. He said he also supports a robust teacher evaluation system and peer review.

Duncan called education the civil rights issue of a generation.

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