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Family-friendly school bill awaits governor’s signature

Updated: April 30, 2013 9:33PM



INDIANAPOLIS — Schools may soon be able to call themselves family-friendly, if Gov. Mike Pence signs the bill into law.

A bill by Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, will allow schools to apply to a family-friendly school program, and receive a designation recognizing parent involvement in the student’s education.

Schools can volunteer to have an assessment of parent involvement. The Department of Education, working with other state organizations, will also develop programs and suggest ways to increase parents involvement.

Rogers noted that a number of studies show a connection with student achievement and parent engagement.

The bill passed the Senate with a vote of 43-7, and the House 96-0. The governor’s deadline to sign the bill is today, May 1.



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