Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels joined me on yesterday’s program, and I learned from him that Indiana had in fact passed an education reform that he had first mentioned to me during an interview at the Republican Governors Association meeting in 2010 in San Diego, an innovation that should be widely known and closely followed.
The transcript of our conversation is here, and the details of the program are here. Indiana embraced sweeping public education reforms in 2011, including merit pay for teachers, and the transition to the new approaches in the public schools is under way, as is the expansion of private school opportunities, so there won’t be data on how this one aspect works, but it will be fascinating to watch.
In a nutshell, Indiana high school kids who graduate in 11 years as opposed to 12 will get a $4,000 scholarship to use in most Indiana colleges. What a concept: Allow the young people who mature early, are bored and who would appreciate an extra $4K to work hard and get going early.
This isn’t the solution to the many woes of public education.It is one interesting reform that ought to be copied and perhaps expanded as we see how public eduction must move from its one-size-fits-all-students-model to a new era where uniformity is as obviously outdated as the Model T.