LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) --For the last four decades, Lafayette Jeff Radio and TV students have had the opportunity to learn what it takes to be in the industry, but state funding for the program could soon be a thing of the past.
"Picking winners and losers, as far as programs go, I think that's a big mistake," said Lafayette Jeff's Radio and TV Director Jamie Long.
House Bill 1001 would take the funding from courses like culinary, TV/radio and cosmetology. The money would then be redistributed to other courses.
Right now, the classes' costs are reimbursed by the state.
"We're hoping then students look at some of the high demand, high wage occupations and show an interest in them, and they grow overall," said Republican State Rep. Tim Brown.
Brown is the bill's author. He said the money would go to skilled trade courses like welding and construction.
That move frustrates Long.
"To say that 'this' program is more important than this' program is kind of short-sighted I think," said Long.
LSC Superintendent Les Huddle said it takes away students' ability to explore different career paths.
"Once we start eliminating options, we think that will only be a detriment to kids," Huddle said.
If the bill is passed, school corporations would have to decide whether to fund the programs.
Huddle said he'll do all he can to make sure that happens.
"If it comes down to the time to make some budget decisions we'll have to do that, but we want to continue to provide a great opportunity for kids to explore numerous paths," he added.
Long said having these class options may be more important than you think.
"Giving students less variety to follow what they're passionate about, then it's really stifling someone's future," Long explained.
Some other vocational programs that would lose funding are nutrition science and fashion and textiles.
House Bill 1001 passed its third reading in the House Monday and now goes to Senate for consideration.
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