IMEA recently sent a candidate survey to both candidates for Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Below are responses to the survey from candidate John Gregg.
1) Music education provides essential 21stcentury skills that are crucial to a student’s future success. What is your view in ensuring students have access to a broad and rich curriculum, which includes music education?
As the next generation prepares for their future, we must do a better job of making sure they are given the tools they need to succeed. Versatility is important as there are countless ways to be a successful and productive member of society. Music education enriches the lives of students helping to develop language skills and a sense of achievement. We have an education plan that focuses on the need for more STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) programs in Indiana schools, as our students must receive a well-rounded education in order to have the best chance at success.
2) Investing in education is crucial to the future health of our country’s economy and workforce. What education programs do you believe we should prioritize, in order to prepare our students for career success?
We must invest in our children on the front end in hopes of preparing them for the future. After numerous conversations with business and community leaders, there is an overwhelming need for statewide, optional preschool for all 4-year-olds. Superintendent Glenda Ritz and I have a plan that will give Hoosier children access to early education and set them on a path which makes them more likely to complete high school, earn a college degree and hold a skilled job. We also want to build off of existing workforce and training skills in order to align K-12 education with workforce development, but shift the focus to high wage sectors of the economy. Visit www.GreggForGovernor.com to read our plan.
3) Congress recently passed the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” a landmark piece of legislation, which authorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Do you believe this new law is a positive step forward for our nation’s education systems? Why or why not?
It is a positive step in the right direction and a welcome upgrade from “No Child Left Behind.” This law is a step forward as it was a result of the changing landscape and conversations with educators and families. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes a Pre-K program, focuses on accountability and promoting innovative ideas, allows for greater local control, and even includes the arts when defining a well-rounded education. Together, Supt. Ritz and I will work to develop and implement our own state plan in order satisfy the new law, and we look forward to bringing teachers to the table in order to listen and learn about where Indiana can continue to improve.