To help attract the best and brightest to Hoosier classrooms, this week I voted in support of a proposal establishing the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship. Under House Bill 1002, students in the top 20 percent of their class, who also commit to teaching in Hoosier schools for at least five years, could receive up to $7,500 per year to cover tuition. In today’s economy, I understand our top-performing students have many college and career options, and this scholarship would encourage high school students to earn a degree and enter the teaching profession in Indiana.
The House of Representatives also advanced two proposals to help better serve Hoosier veterans and their families. Under House Bill 1089, six newly designated districts would be established in Indiana, with six officers serving the veterans and their families in their assigned district. This would be a more streamlined system, resulting in better meeting the needs of those who bravely served our country.
House Bill 1271 would help service members and their families overcome the effects of violence and change destructive behavior patterns – sometimes a result of post-traumatic stress disorders and traumatic brain injuries caused during military service – by involving the United States Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program (FAP) in cases of abuse or neglect. Because FAP staff members are trained to respond to incidents of abuse and neglect, support victims, and offer prevention and treatment, they have the tools and experience needed to help Hoosier veterans and their families.
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