“The way we can start jumpstart Indiana’s commitment to career and vocational education is by anchoring it to the jobs and opportunities available in each region,” Pence said.
The regional career councils have already begun their work, and are expected to come up with a series of recommendations for what’s needed from the legislature to make changes in vocational education.
That may include changing the way vocational education is funded. The current funding system rewards schools for offering more courses and enticing more students to enroll in them. Pence wants to see more of a performance-based funding system, rewarding schools for graduating students with job-ready credentials.
“I’m very inclined to have resources flow in the direction of performance,” Pence said. “I call it funding excellence. You create the goals, create the structures, create the curriculum and then reward the schools that are achieving those objectives.”
Pence expects to be talking about all this and more during the panel discussion, titled “What It Takes: Leadership”at the Education Nation Summit. Joining him will be Democrat Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky and Democrat Gov. Deval Patrick of Masshachusetts.
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org