Republicans and Democrats Reflect on Session

Governor Daniels calls the 2011 session a success while Democrats say some of the bills that were passed will hurt Hoosiers.

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The Governor and the House minority leader offer differing perspectives on the legislative session.

Governor Mitch Daniels and House Minority Leader Pat Bauer offered their perspectives Saturday on the success of the 2011 Indiana legislative session.  Daniels says the significant education reform package he promoted – including charter school expansion, vouchers, teacher evaluation overhaul and collective bargaining restrictions – could have the greatest impact of any legislation he’s signed as governor:

“There have been other sessions where we did huge things, but long term this may be, this may be, the most meaningful set of changes of all,” said Daniels.

But Bauer says the reforms enacted this session will hurt the public school system in Indiana.

“The real scorecard’s going to come within the next year or so when you see many, many programs cut throughout this state at the open, free public schools, not at the charter schools, not at the private schools,” Bauer said.

Some of the education reform measures go into effect as early as July.

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