Did you know that each Indiana county is losing approximately 1 million dollars in public school funding towards private school voucher programs each school year ? Your local tax dollars are taken from your community and moved to other areas of the state to fund private schools. We cannot allow the expansion of this program and we cannot allow this to continue to deplete our public schools. Help keep your local taxes local and say no to private school voucher expansion.
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May 5, 2023
The 2023 Indiana General Assembly has adjourned. We have worked together with others throughout this session to curtail the constant attacked on public education that affects students, families, and school employees – all of us. Seeing our losses is pretty easy. Finding our wins not so much. It is important that we continue to build coalitions with all stakeholders who are affected by the legislative dismantling of public ed.
Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.
In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.
Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.