Modernizing Education

Fair Shot Agenda Pillar: Opportunity

A strong economy is dependent on skilled workers, and every Hoosier deserves access to a quality education that best suits their needs. Far too often I hear of students and their families who endure financial hardship in exchange for a quality education. I’m working to modernize our current education system to cater to all Hoosier students and career paths.


cechk What I’ve Done:

  • I’m fighting for an innovative type of higher education financing that will lead to rewarding careers, all without any cost to taxpayers. The ISA Student Protection Act (S. 2114),which has received support from Republicans and Democrats alike, would help students receive a debt-free education by using income share agreements. 

  • All Hoosiers deserve a fair shot at success. My recently introduced bill takes an important step to simplify the college enrollment process for people with disabilities, which will help more students access higher education and open doors of opportunity. I’m working to get the Respond, Innovate, Succeed, and Empower (RISE) Act (S. 1585) over the finish line.

  • As a co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, I supported advancement of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21stCentury Act (H.R. 2353), which became law and included a number of provisions I introduced:

    • The Educating Tomorrow's Workforce Act - Improves the quality of CTE programs and allows states and local governments to use federal funding to establish CTE-focused academies.

    • The Perkins Equity and Excellence Act (S. 1004) - Replaces an old grant for a new competitive grant program that aims to integrate CTE curriculum in high schools while promoting dual enrollment, employee partnerships, and work-based learning.

    • The SHOP CLASS Act (S. 1501) - Prepares teachers to offer expanded training for students across the nation in advanced manufacturing technologies like 3D printers, laser cutters, and computerized machine tools.

    • The SUCCESS Act (S. 3483) – Supports school counselors so that they are better equipped to teach students about various career options. 

  • A strong economy and vibrant workforce require opportunity-driven education. I co-led the Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2019 (S. 118) to encourage broader participation in the successful National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program and provides additional training for innovators to learn how to turn their research into a company.

  • Higher education institutions that are not preparing graduates for careers should not be rewarded. I’ve fought against skyrocketing student debt by helping introduce the Student Protection and Success Act (S. 1525) to hold colleges and universities accountablefor graduates who are not able to begin repaying student loans.

  • Currently, higher education is falling short in serving our most vulnerable students. I introduced the Fund for Innovation and Success in Higher Education (FINISH) Act (S. 1059) to support the use of evidence-based innovation grants and the pay for success model to improve student outcomes.

  • Early college programs help families avoid college debt while preparing students for postsecondary education. I co-led the Fast Track To and Through College Act (S. 2736) to create a grant program aimed at helping more students earn college credits while still in high school.


Latest Legislation

Bill # Bill Description Updated

A bill to increase rates of college completion and reduce college costs by accelerating time to degree, aligning secondary and postsecondary education, and improving postsecondary credit transfer.


A bill to provide the legal framework and income tax treatment necessary for the growth of innovative private financing options, and for other purposes.

S.1585 Cosponsored —  A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide students with disabilities and their families with access to critical information needed to select the right college and succeed once enrolled.
S.1525 Cosponsored —  A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for institutional ineligibility based on low cohort repayment rates and to require risk sharing payments of institutions of higher education.
S.1364 Cosponsored —  A bill to establish an Early Federal Pell Grant Commitment Program.
S.1221 Sponsored —  A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to create an innovation zone initiative, and for other purposes.
S.1059 Sponsored —  A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to support innovative, evidence-based approaches that improve the effectiveness and efficiency of postsecondary education for all students, to allow pay for success initiatives, to provide additional evaluation authority, and for other purposes.
S.460 Cosponsored —  A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the exclusion for employer-provided education assistance to employer payments of student loans.
S.342 Sponsored —  A bill to reauthorize title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965 in order to improve and encourage innovation in international education, and for other purposes.
S.3596 Sponsored —  A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to create an innovation zone initiative, and for other purposes.

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