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Regional Works Councils Under Deadline From Governor

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October 7, 2013 — Indiana’s new Regional Works Councils have a deadline fast approaching – and only one of the 11 councils has met.  It was the northwest Indiana Regional Works Council, last week in Valparaiso. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports:


The Works Councils – an initiative of Governor Mike Pence that was made a reality by legislation passed this year – are meant to boost career and technical education on a regional basis, connecting local business needs with education efforts. The members of each board were named only last month…and their first reports to the state’s Education Roundtable are due November 1st. Still, Pence says he’s confident the work will be done on time:


It’s a combination of business leaders from that region as well as educators, principals, superintendents and the reports that I receive from our team is that the scheduling is going forward apace and we’re going to hit our mark with those early reporting requirements.”


Works Councils Director Marie Mackintosh says, considering the councils were only formed a few weeks ago, she’s happy with the progress:


We expect there to be quite an acceleration over the next few months of opportunities for these works councils to meet and take a look at what’s happening in their communities.”


Mackintosh says the reports due next month should include an overall evaluation of existing career and technical education efforts in each region. For Indiana Public Broadcasting, I’m Brandon Smith.


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