This week, Gov. Mike Pence held a bill signing ceremony for a new law I authored, Senate Enrolled Act 331.
Legislators and representatives from state universities and veterans organizations joined us for the ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday, April 22.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and I drafted SEA 331, which creates the Second Service for Veterans program. This requires each state higher educational institution to do the following:
· Provide academic and career counseling for veterans enrolled in the school of education
· Offer in-state tuition to out-of-state veterans who apply and are accepted into the Second Service program
· Develop scholarship opportunities for veteran students who major in education
· Allow military training and experience to count toward an education degree when applicable
Create a plan to attract and recruit veterans to the school of education
The measure also expands college credit opportunities in any academic field for veterans who 1) pass certain college equivalency examinations or 2) complete courses at an accredited postsecondary education institution during their service.
This new initiative could not have been accomplished without the support of Superintendent Ritz, Gov. Pence and State Rep. Dennis Zent - the bill's House sponsor. It's my hope this opportunity will help more of our service men and women earn their education degrees and secure long-term employment after their service.