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September 2020

Expanding Education Options For Students

Every child deserves to thrive and grow, and House Republicans understand that parents are the ones who should be determining where their child learns. In Indiana, families are empowered and have a number of schooling options – including traditional public schools, public charter schools, nonpublic schools, virtual schools and homeschool – to best fit the needs of their child, regardless of where they live or their income. Our state continues to be a leader in school choice opportunities, teacher quality and innovation, ranking third in the nation on the Center of Education Reform’s Parent Power! Index.

A strong education system provides equal opportunities for every student to learn and succeed, and a child’s ZIP code or family’s income should not limit their options. With school choice, families customize their child’s education to ensure they thrive in the right academic environment and learn at their own pace.

Every child learns differently and some schools are better equipped to meet specific health needs, while others offer a completely different learning environment to help students grow outside the classroom. In Indiana, public school funding dollars follow the child, so a student can attend a public school outside their assigned district – the most popular educational choice. Qualifying families can receive a partial scholarship or voucher for their children to attend a nonpublic school.

This ranking reflects the commitment of House Republicans to school choice, and we remain dedicated to offering freedom and flexibility on behalf of all Hoosier children and families. Click here to learn more about your child’s school choice options.

VIDEO: What’s It Like To Intern With The House?

Meet former House Republican interns who are now full-time staff members as they highlight their experience in both roles. Lessons they’ve learned, like showing a willingness to learn and carrying a great attitude, can help future interns get the most out of the opportunity.

Current college sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as recent college graduates, and law school and graduate students are eligible to apply. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience, learn new skills, strengthen resumes, earn college credits and build a professional network while getting paid.

All majors are welcome to apply online for internships in a variety of areas, including legislative operations, communications and media relations, and policy and fiscal policy. Previous political or government experience is not required. 

These are full-time internships, taking place Monday through Friday, January through April in 2021, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

The Oct. 31 deadline to apply is quickly approaching! Click here to learn more about the House Republican Internship Program and submit your application today to join our team.

Honoring our first responders on Patriot Day

This month marks the 19th anniversary since tragedy struck our nation on Sept. 11, 2001. During our country’s darkest time, numerous heroes stepped forward to save others at Ground Zero in New York City, at the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. As we take time to reflect on those who lost their lives that fateful day, we can also use Patriot Day to thank and honor our local public safety officers who serve our communities.

When our country needed help, more than 250 Indiana doctors, police officers, firefighters and volunteers answered the call and went to Ground Zero. Of the nearly 3,000 who died that day, 412 were emergency workers. To our first responders who continuously put themselves in dangerous situations, thank you for all you do keep us safe.

“This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. None of us will ever forget this day.”

– George W. Bush, Sept. 11, 2001


At the state level, we are dedicated to supporting our first responders and their families. In fact, several new laws took effect this year to help. 

To ease some of the economic strain families face when they lose a loved one serving their communities, a new law increases death benefits for Hoosier public safety officers from $150,000 to $225,000.

The use of dangerous firefighting foam containing “forever” chemicals is now restricted under a new law because they break down so slowly and can accumulate in the environment, potentially causing adverse health conditions in firefighters and citizens, and environmental contamination. These foams can only be used for training and testing purposes if containment measures are in place.

Many Hoosier heroes work behind-the-scenes to aid Hoosiers in unsafe or life-threatening situations. This includes 911 dispatchers who keep callers calm and connect them to help. Under a new law, these emergency workers are now designated as first responders, which helps them access key employee benefits.

This Patriot Day, please take time to reflect on those who lost their lives 19 years ago and use it as an opportunity to show gratitude to our first responders serving today. Our communities are home to everyday heroes watching over our families, responding to life-threatening situations and protecting us.

Mortgage Assistance For Hoosiers

Help is available for Indiana homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments or are unable to make future payments due to the financial hardships caused by COVID-19.

The Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network supports Hoosiers at risk of foreclosure through Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund, a federally funded program providing mortgage payment assistance to eligible homeowners for up to six months or $30,000.

To be eligible for Indiana’s HHF, Hoosiers must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Indiana homeowner;
  • Own only one mortgaged home, and currently reside in that home;
  • Be unable to make past-due or current monthly mortgage payments; and
  • Meet additional eligibility requirements based on income.

Any questions about meeting income requirements for the fund can be answered at 877-GET-HOPE, where certified IFPN counselors will be available to assist homeowners. Additional questions can be answered on Indiana’s HHF frequently asked questions page.

Indiana’s HHF is also available to homeowners who are current on their payments, but are unable to make future payments or have past-due mortgage payments because of an involuntary employment-related financial hardship.

Hoosiers that cannot make future mortgage payments can apply for assistance here and should apply as soon as they experience an involuntary employment-related financial hardship and are at risk of foreclosure.

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