Blog & Statehouse Notes

CTE is a gem that should not be shelved

CTE is a gem that should not be shelved

Career & Technology Education (CTE) in Indiana doesn’t deserve what may have happened to it in the state budget. CTE leaders thought it was just an inadvertent oversight that its funding mechanism was left out of the budget while changes were moving quickly and...

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Vic’s Statehouse Notes #374 – Education budget analysis

Vic’s Statehouse Notes #374 – Education budget analysis

Dear Friends, The Indiana Senate, led by Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Ryan Mishler, unveiled its proposed budget on April 13 and passed it on April 18, by a vote of 40-10. The Senate budget is more favorable to public education than is the House budget on two...

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Five years of vouchers – mapped by district

Five years of vouchers – mapped by district

Every Indiana public school is losing money because of vouchers. Even if no students leave your school district to use a voucher, even if you don’t have any voucher-accepting schools in your small or rural school district, your school district still loses money due to...

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Vic’s Statehouse Notes #373

Vic’s Statehouse Notes #373

Dear Friends, The second half of the budget session has now begun. Budget proposals from the Governor and from the House are on the table. A public hearing on the Senate budget has been scheduled by a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee for Thursday,...

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Tell Indiana legislators – It makes no sense

Tell Indiana legislators – It makes no sense

The Indiana legislature is prepared to increase spending on private school vouchers by 70% ($1.1 billion) compared to a mere 5% increase for traditional public schools. Nearly 90% of Hoosier kids attend public schools, while 7% are in voucher schools.  This is...

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Speak Out at the Statehouse: Prioritize Public School Kids

Speak Out at the Statehouse: Prioritize Public School Kids

Come to the Statehouse to speak up for our public schools next Thursday, March 16th. Plan to arrive by 10am. The School Funding Subcommittee begins immediately following the session that morning, but we have no idea how long that session will go. You must sign up...

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Defend your public schools

Defend your public schools

At the half-way point Did you feel the collective sigh last week?  It was every legislator, every staff member, and every citizen who cares about public education and has been following bills before the Indiana General Assembly. The session is at the half-way point. ...

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