The Indiana Department of Education has updated its guidelines to help school officials and parents decide how schools can reopen safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
Education has always been an issue in Indiana’s gubernatorial race but it’s gained even more importance in this year’s election.
And that’s not only because of the novel coronavirus pandemic ravaging the state’s budget, invading classrooms, quarantining hundreds of students and further disrupting schools across the state.
The governor has always had the power to influence education policy in their state. They sign state budgets and other legislation, can suspend or enact regulations through executive action and appoints the majority of the members of the Indiana State Board of Education, which controls everything from academic standards to high school graduation requirements.
Starting next year, Indiana’s governor will also appoint its top education official.
Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and Democratic challenger Woody