Gov. Holcomb signs bill into law raising requirements for education scholarship

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Hoosiers hoping to be part of the next generation of educators in the state will be affected by a bill Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law Thursday.

The legislation changes the eligibility requirements for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship.

Students may qualify by achieving a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in grades 9-12. The previous GPA requirement, according to the state’s website, was a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Priority will be given to applicants who are recent high school graduates, those pursuing work in a teacher shortage area, and those with higher financial need.

The scholarship is awarded to 200 Hoosiers each year. College freshmen and sophomores are able to apply.

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Another bill signed by Gov. Holcomb this week will allow community corrections agencies to use funds from a specific fund to transport inmates and delinquent children.

The legislation will allow the agencies to draw funds from the County Offender Transportation Fund to pay for expenses transporting inmates at the request of sheriffs, courts, and other law enforcement entities.

Money left over in the fund at the end of a fiscal year will remain in the fund instead of being used for other expenses. That money will then be used in the following fiscal year.

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Gov. Holcomb also signed a piece of legislation on Thursday that will provide more resources for schools relating to sudden cardiac arrest in students.

The Department of Education will be required to provide information sheets on sudden cardiac arrest on the state’s website. Schools will also be required to have information sheets and similar resources available to educate staff and students in school buildings.

Coaches, marching band leaders, and other school leaders will need to undergo training to learn the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest in students, as well as the proper steps to take if an incident does occur.

Coaches and other staff members who complete the training in good faith will not be personally liable for damages stemming from a sudden cardiac arrest incident.

For a full list of bills proposed at the Statehouse this session, visit the Indiana General Assembly’s website.

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