Dear Students, Parents/Guardians, and Friends of Herron High School,

A new Indiana legislative season is underway and lawmakers in both the House and Senate are busy filing bills to be considered in the General Assembly. Policy-making can be a stressful and contentious process.  I am sure it is a challenging role to be a public servant charged with setting policies and budgets that will impact every citizen. Education policy is among the most challenging and important of all because it directs the path for the future of our children who will become tomorrow’s leaders and decision makers.

With the very best of intentions, lawmakers can help or hinder school operations. Sometimes the impact of a new law isn’t fully understood until it has been in practice over time. As a public charter school, we must be vigilant to protect the autonomy granted to us by charter school law.  This autonomy, particularly in our creating our Classical, Liberal Arts curriculum, is a huge factor in our success. Helping to educate our lawmakers on this matter is an ongoing process. Sometimes a proposed bill will encroach upon that autonomy, and we must make the issue known to legislators. With the bill filing process still underway, we will be watching closely and analyzing any potential impact, with the full understanding that many bills will not progress out of committee.

In the meantime, it is always beneficial for lawmakers to hear from their constituents, especially if the comments are positive. With this in mind, I encourage our families to reach out to their lawmakers to share their appreciation for the opportunity to send their student to a top-rated public charter school, and to let them know you appreciate their support for charter schools both now and in the future. This is a positive and effective approach in helping to protect the legal provisions that make a Herron High School education possible. I am including a list of the members of education committees in both chambers  You can find contact information for your representative at this link:


Senate Education and Career Development

Chair:  Sen. Dennis Kruse

Sen. Jeff Raatz

Sen. Eric Bassler

Sen. John Crane

Sen. Aaron Freeman

Sen. Luke Kenley

Sen. Jean Leising

Sen. Andy Zay

Sen. Eddie Melton

Sen. Frank Mrvan

Sen. Mark Stoops




House Education Committee

Chair:  Rep. Robert Behning

Vice Chair:  Rep. Anthony Cook

Rep. Woody Burton

Rep. Edward Clere

Rep. Dale DeVon

Rep. Jack Jordan

Rep. Jim Lucas

Rep. Jeffrey Thompson

Rep. Timothy Wesco

Rep. Vernon Smith

Rep. Edward DeLaney

Rep. Sue Errington

Rep. Sheila Klinker

I hope you and your family will enjoy this three-day weekend.  One of my favorite Martin Luther King quotations is, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”  At Herron High School, we work hard to fulfill Dr. King’s belief in how a true education is defined.

Thank you for believing in what we do, and thank you for considering telling your representatives about our school.

Warm regards,

Janet H. McNeal, President, Head of School

Complete newsletter here: 1.14.2017 HHS