INDIANAPOLIS - Last night, House Bill 1342 was assigned to the Rules Committee instead of being heard for second reading. The controversial legislation would have removed oversight of Indiana's school voucher program from the Department of Education and placed it under the Office of Management and Budget. This procedural move means the bill will not move on to the Senate and is likely done for the year.
In response to this development, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz issued the following statement:
"I was glad to see this shortsighted legislation was referred to the Rules Committee last night. I was also happy to have the support of those members of the Education Committee that opposed this bill from the start. I want to thank them and the entire House Democratic Caucus as well as Senators Kruse and Kenley for their support and leadership on this issue.
"I have said all along that politics should stop at the schoolhouse steps and that educating our children should not be a Republican or Democratic issue. We shouldn't change the rules based on who wins an election. Voters sent us here to work for them, not rehash past political disputes."