Along with charter leaders from Texas, Colorado and Georgia, Simnick shared Indiana’s strategies to improve opportunities for legislative success at the presentation titled “State Facility Survey Blueprint: Lessons from Four States.”
In addition, Simnick was invited to present a case study on Indiana charter school legislation to charter school leaders from around the nation.
“Indiana has quickly gained the attention of the nation as a battleground for education reform,” Simnick said. “This year, the Indiana General Assembly saw the greatest strides in education reform in the state’s history.”
Simnick holds his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has received the “40 under 40″ honor from the Indianapolis Business Journal and was named a Junior Achievement “Best and Brightest” finalist. Prior to his leadership of IPCSA, Simnick was the leader of a public charter high school in Indianapolis, executive vice president of a large Indianapolis PR firm and worked in the Indiana State Senate.
The Indiana Public Charter Schools Association offers services, advocacy and support for Indiana’s 62 public charter schools. Nearly 23,000 students attend public charter schools in Indiana. The Association web site is www.INcharters.org.