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IBLC announces topics for annual legislative symposium

Event takes place Friday, Sept. 6 at IU Northwest

Wednesday Sep 04, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS–The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus (IBLC) will have a wide range of subjects discussed at the 2013 Annual Legislative Symposium, which will take place on Friday, Sept. 6 on the Indiana University Northwest campus in Gary, Ind. The meeting will be at the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center, Room 105ABC.

This year’s theme for the symposium is “The Critical Importance of Education, Healthcare, and Jobs for All.” The registration form can be found on the IBLC’s Website. One can also register in person on the morning of the symposium. The cost of the symposium is $50 per person. Scholarships for the symposium are available upon request.

 “We will be exploring areas that dramatically affect the entire state, but, in particular, the African-American community,” explained State Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D-East Chicago), who chairs the IBLC. “Those specific areas are children’s issues, economic development, pre-school through 12th grade (P-12) education, higher education, and health. In addition, we will hold a special youth forum to talk about college preparedness, job skills, and internships as well as share explanations about the legislative process.”

State Rep. Robin Shackleford chairs the IBLC Legislative Symposium. She says the event has attracted highly respected experts and professionals in numerous fields.

 “In addition to legislators who serve on House and Senate committees that review legislation affecting these issues, we are bringing in nationally-known individuals who specialize in areas like energy, education and health care. The education discussions, for instance, will range from the controversial A-F school grading system to the Common Core,” said Shackleford. “Health issues will include implementation of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the expansion of Medicaid.

IU Northwest is proud to serve as the host site for the annual symposium.

“Community engagement, including a partnership such as this, is the hallmark of IU Northwest’s commitment to advancing educational opportunities, while addressing regional priorities,” IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe said.

Randolph said Dr. Tony Lux, former Merrillville Community School Corporation superintendent, and Group Director for the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Health Program Martha King will be the featured keynote speakers during the symposium.

Shackleford outlined more specifics about each of the topic areas.

The Children’s Issues breakout session will be chaired by State Rep. Vanessa Summers (D-Indianapolis). The issues reviewed will include an overview of recent legislation affecting the Indiana Department of Child Services as well mental health, poverty, family stability, and daycare regulation.

The Economic Development breakout session will be chaired by State Reps. John Bartlett (D-Indianapolis) and Earl Harris (D-East Chicago). The focus of this group will be opportunities for owners of small businesses, Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women-owned Business Enterprises (WBE), an Indiana Department of Transportation project update, and a discussion of energy issues.

The P-12 Education breakout session will be chaired by State Rep. Greg Porter (D-Indianapolis) and State Sen. Earline Rogers (D-Gary). The issues will include ensuring equity and fairness in expanding opportunities for all students to learn, discipline issues, Common Core, the growth model, A-F school grading, bullying programs, and pre-school.

The Higher Education breakout session will be chaired by State Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis), Dr. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary), and Sen. Randolph. Numerous subjects will be discussed, including student recruiting and retention rates; faculty recruiting, retention and promotion; and diversity issues.

range from the controversial A-F school grading system to the Common Core,” said Shackleford. “Health issues will include implementation of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the expansion of Medicaid.

IU Northwest is proud to serve as the host site for the annual symposium.

 “Community engagement, including a partnership such as this, is the hallmark of IU Northwest’s commitment to advancing educational opportunities, while addressing regional priorities,” IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe said.

Randolph said Dr. Tony Lux, former Merrillville Community School Corporation superintendent, and Group Director for the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Health Program Martha King will be the featured keynote speakers during the symposium.

Shackleford outlined more specifics about each of the topic areas.

The Children’s Issues breakout session will be chaired by State Rep. Vanessa Summers (D-Indianapolis). The issues reviewed will include an overview of recent legislation affecting the Indiana Department of Child Services as well mental health, poverty, family stability, and daycare regulation.

The Economic Development breakout session will be chaired by State Reps. John Bartlett (D-Indianapolis) and Earl Harris (D-East Chicago). The focus of this group will be opportunities for owners of small businesses, Minority-owned Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women-owned Business Enterprises (WBE), an Indiana Department of Transportation project update, and a discussion of energy issues.

The P-12 Education breakout session will be chaired by State Rep. Greg Porter (D-Indianapolis) and State Sen. Earline Rogers (D-Gary). The issues will include ensuring equity and fairness in expanding opportunities for all students to learn, discipline issues, Common Core, the growth model, A-F school grading, bullying programs, and pre-school.

The Higher Education breakout session will be chaired by State Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis), Dr. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary), and Sen. Randolph. Numerous subjects will be discussed, including student recruiting and retention rates; faculty recruiting, retention and promotion; and diversity issues.

The Health breakout session will be chaired by State Rep. Charlie Brown (D-Gary) and State Sen. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis). Agenda issues include the implementation of ACA, the Healthy Indiana Plan extension, expansion of Medicaid, and a look at the future for hospitals and healthcare providers.

The Youth Forum breakout session will be chaired by Rep. Shackleford. As Sen. Randolph mentioned, the topics will include college preparedness, job skills, internships, and an explanation of the legislative process.

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