Pence says new agency to help students find work

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he's creating a new state agency that will gear public education to better meet the needs of employers, a move that the state's top public education official said she was not consulted on.

Pence signed an executive order Friday forming the Center for Education and Career Innovation. He says the agency will work to align education and career and workforce training, helping to better prepare students for future careers and provide employers with skilled workers.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce praises the move, but a Democratic state legislator says the agency is unneeded bureaucracy.

A spokesman for Democratic state Superintendent Glenda Ritz says the Republican governor didn't mention the agency's creation when she met with him earlier this week.


  • If the Chamber of Com approves...it is for elite business interests
    I hate to see an elite business lobby group run education for their own benefits. Many years ago, we had the problem with government sponsored unequal education. (Black schools without funding or a chance.) Government solutions with judges didn't help...forced busing. Now the elites are working to have general public pay for their private charter schools. This is bad policy. Education is the chance for poor and those with weak parents to improve. All schools receiving tax dollars should follow the sames rules. To exempt the elite charter schools from the rules is too much. Does the middle class really want to pay for the elite's private charter schools that are exempted from rules required of public schools? I believe in equal education opportunity for all. If the rules are bad for charter schools, they are bad for elite charter schools.
  • Quit complaining!
    My, we see who is reading/commenting on the article. Sounds like a bunch of status quo loving folks. Our schools are not turning out a product (read graduates for those who need assistance understanding the article) that companies want to hire because they lack the necessary skills. How do you expect to fill manufacturing jobs if everyone is taught skills primarily used in an office environment? What Pence said about kids going to college is not what the one commenter stated. He didn’t say they shouldn’t have right to go to college, he said it may not be the right choice for them and there is a HUGE difference between the two statements. Stop hearing what you want to hear and READ and UNDERSTAND the WORDS. Oh, I’m sorry, you probably went to a public school. I also went to a public school but decided to apply what I learned and not live on the fruits of others labor. The biggest answer to resolving the problems with public schools is not more funding but in getting parents heavily involved with the kid’s education. Without parental involvement, you are fighting a losing battle. We continue to put teachers in charge of our education agencies and all I see happening is a dumbing down of the education our kids receive and all we receive are less then prepared kids and excuses for why they can’t do more, usually related to cuts in funding or dwindling resources. Get a clue people, all organizations are having to do more with less. So why are there no practical skills like shop class taught in our schools anymore? You have to go to a vocational school to get that type of training. I graduated from high school with 57 credits when only 40 or so were required yet I had time for athletic activities like the tennis and golf teams. Four years of English, three of math, science, social studies, art, industrial arts and physical education. A pretty well-rounded education in all. Motivation and enthusiasm drove this result.
  • Manufacturing
    What Mr. Pence is attempting to do is breed a generation of people whose sole purpose is to fill low-skilled manufacturing positions. Remember, this is the man who clearly believes that not everyone should go have the right to attend college, or to at least have that opportunity if they so desire, and try to change their lives for the better. Yes, let's turn most of our state's students into mindless drones who will serve an ever-decreasing manufacturing base.
  • Lostsa Questions About this Questionable Agency
    Isn't there already a Department of Education? Isn't there already a Department of Workforce Development? One that already has an On-The-Job Training Program? Isn't there already a ReadyIndiana program? Isn't this an issue for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce? Shouldn't the industries that need the workers be investing in training them? Why is this an Executive Order instead of debated in the legislature? Is growing state government like this really a good policy for Hoosiers? What is the connection to the Governor by the people being hired for this?
  • Poor Governance: Another Unneeded Agency
    It seems that the Governor's only solutions are to create new centers and new agencies that duplicate existing state functions. I continue to believe he has been mostly fluff thus far in his approaches to solving problems. New policies and actions can help solve problems within the existing state stricter--not more centers. Stay tuned, maybe he will soon create a "management center" to manage all the new centers he creates.
  • Small Government, Really???
    I don't understand how Mr. Pence can come into office claiming he wants smaller government only to then create more departments and on top of that, redundancy too? Call me cynical but I think that someone was upset that Ms. Ritz won her position and is trying to undercut her at every turn.
  • Task for Local Schools
    So the Governor, in his infinite wisdom has now set up a high-priced agency for what amounts to Guidance Counselors? Isn't this task accomplished today, in our Public School systems by those who know the students best? I see absolutely no value in this new Agency other than to provide additional sources of income for those trying to high-jack our educational system for corporate gain.
  • Another government agency?
    Sorry, Pence, but I'm not buying what you're selling. Are you seriously trying to tell us, Mr. Small Government Conservative, that another state agency is needed? Why not work with the Department of Education on this? I think we know why. Please accept the fact that Hoosiers voted out Tony Bennett and voted in Glenda Ritz. Let her do her job and stop trying to do an end run around her and the voters of Indiana.
  • Destruction of Public Schools and Public Education Continues!
    Governor Mike Pence, the Republican Party / 'Tea Party' legislators, and the Chambers of Commerce's continue their obvious goal towards destroying the Public School Systems in the State of Indiana. The Republican Party / 'Tea Party, and others are on an absolute mission to destroy public education thorough this Nation. Charter Schools and Private Schools are NOT held to the same standards as the Public School Systems! Charter Schools and Private Schools ONLY ACCEPT the students that they want and tell the rest to go to Public Schools! The aforementioned and the following are basic facts! Once the Public Schools and public education is destroyed, then the United States of America will be destroyed!

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