Governor-elect Mike Pence announced Thursday he will make a leadership change at the state Department of Homeland Security. It’s the first Pence-appointee who comes from outside the Daniels administration.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s new director will be John Hill, replacing current director Joe Wainscott. Hill was previously the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as well as a former member of the Indiana State Police. Pence said he’s grateful for Wainscott’s service but adds bringing in Hill was a unique opportunity.
After already breaking the state’s record for job commitments in 2012, nine more companies have pledged to create more than 2,500 jobs over the new few years in locations around Indiana. Indiana secured those commitments despite offering some of the lowest tax incentives in the region.
Ousted Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has a new job — Florida Commissioner of Education. Florida's Board of Education voted Wednesday morning to give Bennett the Sunshine State's top appointed education job.
Bennett threw his name into consideration after losing his re-election bid to Democrat Glenda Ritz. He was one of three finalists the Florida State Board of Education interviewed Tuesday in Tampa.
Governor Mitch Daniels celebrated Indiana’s 196th birthday with hundreds of schoolchildren at a Statehouse ceremony Tuesday. It will be the last Statehood Day Daniels takes part in as governor.
Students from schools around Indianapolis and Columbus participated in festivities at the Statehouse that included presentations from legislators, state Supreme Court Justice Steven David and the governor. Daniels said Statehood Day is the best opportunity he sees to teach younger students about the history of Indiana.
Governor Mitch Daniels’ eight years in office is being remembered as a time of big changes and sweeping reform that’s left the state markedly different than it was. Both supporters and opponents say Daniels was decisive and left no doubt as to who was in charge. But whether changes made under the Daniels administration were positive depends a lot on who you talk to.
A state panel has voted to make it easier for non-education majors who earn Bachelor’s degrees to get teaching jobs. That’s one part of a broad package of changes to Indiana’s rules for teacher licensing the State Board of Education approved Wednesday. But opponents fear the new standards sets the bar too low.
The State Board’s final 9-2 vote ends months of debate on the proposal known as “REPA II.” State education officials say the new guidelines give schools more flexibility in the teacher hiring process.