Governor wants to reward early high school graduates

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels believes the state should provide financial rewards for students who graduate early from high school.

Daniels plans to ask 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 Times of Munster reported.

The Indiana Department of Education says the state spends an average of $5,866 per student per year. The newspaper reported officials still need to determine how students could claim the money and whether it could be spent only at Indiana colleges.

Outgoing House Speaker Patrick Bauer, a frequent opponent of Daniels, said he supports the idea.


  • Good Concept
    I graduated a semester early from High School and went straight to IUPUI. I wish there would have been a program like this in place at the time.
  • Earlier Post
    I believe in an earlier post - it is for students who have already passed the Qualifying Entrance Exam - the new state test that you have to pass before entereing college and for those students who have passed the Core-40 or Tech Prep courses to graduate. It will not be for people to just get their GED, they need to be ready to obtain a degree, not the GED.
  • Good Grief what is education?
    I suppose someone who takes the water down GED test and passes in their sophomore year can claim 2 years of money. hmmmm.

    Again, this is an example of Daniels and the GOP trying to disolve education in Indiana, make it something for the elete, and for everyone else a K-Mart / Walmart type of schooling.
    • Me Too
      I wish this would have been the case when I was in High school. I never took a study hall (was always in Band and other course focused classes) I was able to technically graduate after my first semester of Senior Year. Instead, because I wasn't allowed to leave/graduate early and start taking College courses at that time, I had to stick around and fill my schedule with non relevant classes such as a beginner shop class, Home-Ec, a study hall, a keyboarding class (mind you I was already ahead of these people in typing) and then I became a student runner for two periods! It was a waste of my days, especially when I was more than ready to start taking college courses. Good move - but keep the dollars for in-state schools.

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