September 28, 2009 - Update
Thank you to everyone who has taken time to take the first survey we posted and to those of you who provided your comments to me. It has been interesting to learn what Hoosiers think of our schools and how you think they can be made better.
In reading your comments I drafted another survey based upon ideas voiced. I want to make sure everything I'm asking is clear and that everyone feels are points of view are expressed. This survey is a stand alone survey so that everyone who took the first survey can also take the second survey.
I have also added research and data collections to the site, some provided by visitor to the site and other information gathered at my request. I hope you'll enjoy reading it.
Again, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share their thoughts, concerns and ideas with me.
Thank you for visiting the new education web site. It is an honor to be named Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development and the Chair of the Interim Study Committee on Education. Education issues have always been important to me, as our success in education will decide our path for years to come.
I’m grateful to represent the needs of my constituents in District 14, as I cast my votes during session, and will continue to do so in my new position. But, to be successful in my new position I also need to understand the wants, needs and desires of the entire state on the issues that fall under our charge. Without understanding issues from a statewide perspective I won’t be able to set agendas accordingly.
With that said, most know I have long been a supporter of a later school start date for Indiana public schools. I have authored legislation in the past. Similar laws have produced good results in other states and I feel the issue deserves a full debate.
But, my role as the Chairman of the Interim Study Committee on Education isn’t to promote any set agenda. It is to carry out the thoughtful study of issues assigned by the Senate and House leadership. It is my job to do my best to make sure that both sides of the issue have an opportunity to present their research, data and thoughts.
That is why we have developed this new web site – we want to give everyone a chance to have a voice, offer input and share data, research and experience.
I will be sharing the survey results with committee members, as well as all comments received. Please let me know what you think about the issue by taking the short survey and by sending us your comments.
This web site will be updated often so I encourage you to check back frequently.
Thank you for taking the time to get involved,
- Senator Dennis Kruse -