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April 26, 2021 

 

Recess!  Not Adjourn 

At the close of the legislative session on April 22, the House and Senate recessed in order to come back in the fall to do redistricting.  They are also planning to return May 10th to make technical corrections.  Sadly, as the Governor signed the hateful SB 251 into law, I guess we don’t have to worry legislators will use May 10 to override his veto for which so many of us had asked. 

 

They have until mid-November to come back to do redistricting.  Action you can take is to continue to contact your representatives and senators to ask them to use an independent, non-partisan body to draw those lines.  Left in the control of the supermajority, look for supermajority in ALL CAPS. 

 

HEA 1001: Bolstered by Revenue Forecast and Biden’s ARP   

Teachers have rallied, sent post cards and letters, made phone calls and even made a drive-by visit to the Governor’s Mansion, all in an effort to convince legislators to provide funding in the budget that would go to teacher salaries.  Many non-supermajority legislators filed bills that would have addressed teacher pay.  All of those bills were never heard.  Ignored. 

 

Then came the April revenue forecast that projects $2 billion more in the next two years on top of existing $2 billion in reserves.  Then the Biden Administration ushered through the American Rescue Plan that sent nearly $3 billion in federal dollars to Indiana’s schools.  Put it all together and lawmakers decided to increase school funding to approximately 9.1% or $1.03 billion – not all of this will go to traditional public schools.  Public schools will see about a 3.5% in each of the next two fiscal years.  

 

Sen. Eddie Melton, SD #3, serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee will zoom with AFT Indiana members Tuesday, April 27 beginning at 6 PM CDT or 7 PM EST.  Members can request the zoom link from their local president. 

 

Some of the bill’s specifics 

  • Urge districts to have beginning salary at $40,000 – and if not, explain why not. 
  • Required districts to use a minimum of 45% on teacher salaries. Earlier this week presidents received a link to the teacher pay commission report.  Start at page 174 https://www.in.gov/gov/files/Teacher-Pay-Report-FINAL.pdf to find how much your school currently uses. 
  • Teacher Appreciation Grants remain in the budget at $37.5 million. 
  • CTE is funded at 2021 levels; keeping existing programs intact. 
  • ELL increased by $5 million. 
  • Special Ed increased in each of two years. 
  • Complexity increased by only $100. 

    It’s Not All Good for Public Schools 

    And then there are those parts of the K-12 funding that go to other than traditional public schools: 

  • Vouchers – Choice Scholarships – will all be given at 90% of foundation funding.  Legislators eliminated the 50% and 70% tiers.  So a family of four making $145,000 (300% of Free/Reduced Lunch) qualify for this.  This is about 3 times  
  • SGOs – Scholarship Granting Organizations – see an increase in tax credits for donations. 
  • ESAs – the bill established and funds Education Scholarship Accounts currently limited to special ed students. 

    Public announcements or press conferences can be misleading to general public listeners. 

    Be sure to read this piece to understand the roll call votes 

    This is important to understand.  Once a conference committee report is done and voted upon, or if a concurrence is received without the need of a conference committee, bills more often than not, are palatable.  Or they have some one thing that is so important to a legislator that he/she votes for it, even if there are bad parts to a final bill.  I would guess many of our “friends” had qualms about the conference committee report on HB 1001, the budget bill.  AFT Indiana understood the dilemma and supported legislators’ who wanted to support those increases for teacher salaries in HB 1001 yet continuing to oppose the voucher/ESA funding in the bill.   

    In a press statement, President Dunham said the budget “invests in public education.”  She acknowledged your work and AFT Indiana priorities.  Thanks to the advocacy and engagement of AFT-Indiana members across the state, Indiana legislators have proposed a budget that invests in public education,” said GlenEva Dunham, President of AFT Indiana.  “Our members have worked hard and long advocating for public school funding that provides for student needs as well as increases to our lagging teacher salaries,” she continued.  Recall the words of Oliver Goldsmith and know “we live to fight another day.” 

    The roll calls below are on bills either on their 3rd floor reading before any concurrence or conference committee work or they are on amendments that would have made the bills better.   

    SB 205: Teacher Training. Provides yet another “alternative” route to teacher licensure.  Through an online vendor, anyone who is at least 26 years old, with a Bachelors from an accredited postsecondary institution, and goes through this online training will be awarded an initial practitioner license. Bill was slightly improved to add required student teaching and mentoring.  With nine other alternative routes, this one is unnecessary.  Supporters argued it would help with teacher shortage.  We asked why the other 9 were not helping with that and told them teacher pay would go further to help with teacher shortage.  The roll call votes are on 3rds in each chamber as well as on the Conference Committee Report before the Senate. The bill passed.  We opposed 205. 

    SB 251: Deduction of dues to exclusive representative.  In yet another attack on teacher unions, this bill contrives the process for payroll deduction. Rep. Hatfield offered amended #1 (roll call 357) that simply added “and subject to an affirmative decision by the school employer.”  Meaning: Local Control. The amendment was defeated 62-31.  Sadly, the Governor did not support teachers by vetoing this bill as many of us had asked him to do. We opposed 251. 

    SB 413: Education Matters. One of those with both good and bad in it.  Good: hold harmless for school year 2020-2021, and if corporation closes a building, they must have a place for the preservation or transfer of memorabilia, etc. The Bad: unions and administrations must certify to IEERB that certain public meetings have occurred – in fact, they’ve added yet another requirement that reads: 

    Within forty-eight (48) hours after the public hearing, both parties shall certify to the board, in a manner prescribed by the board, that the public hearing described in this subsection has occurred. After June 30, 2021, any collective bargaining agreement ratified without holding the public hearing described in this subsection is null and void. 

    Now who do you suppose asked for this?  Not the unions.  Not the school boards.  Not the superintendents.  Not our communities.             We opposed this language. 

                  In amendment #1 offered by Rep. Porter (Roll call 408), with the passage of a local school board resolution, the parties could bargain hours, working conditions, student learning conditions such as class size, prep periods, and more. You guessed it.  Amendment failed 29-67. 

    SB 414: Various Education Matters.  At the time of this vote, the bill included voucher expansion (Choice Scholarships). We opposed this language. 

    HB 1001: State Budget. The ever-evolving budget bill will be one of the last settled. In roll call votes charted below, we’ve looked at amendment #7, Rep. DeLaney, which would have created a “Teacher Retention Grant that would have secured specific dollars for teacher salaries.  It failed 29-68 (roll call 168).  Remember at this time, ESAs were not in the budget.  On 3rd reading in the House, the bill passed out 65-30.  In the Senate, Sen. Melton offered amendment #24 (roll call 382) to increase funding for schools.  Again, the amendment failed 14-36.

Not related to school funding, but important to Hoosiers, Sen. Taylor offered amendment #9 for a Redistricting Procedure, that as you can guess failed 11-39.  And finally, the 3rd reading in the Senate (roll call 409). 

Bill Number 

Roll Call 

Amendment #/Other 

Bill Title 

SB 205

182

3rd/Senate

Teacher Training

SB 205 

437 

3rd/House 

Teacher Training 

SB 205

445

Conf Comm Rpt/Sen

Teacher Training

SB 251

137

3rd/Senate (recalled)

Deduction of dues

SB 251 

357 

#1/House 

Deduction of dues 

SB 251 

366 

3rd/House 

Deduction of dues 

SB 413

203

3rd/Senate

Education Matters

SB 413 

408 

#1/House 

Education Matters 

SB 414 

430 

3rd/House 

Various Ed Matters 

HB 1001 

168 

#7/House 

State Budget 

HB 1001 

235 

3rd/House 

State Budget 

HB 1001

382

#24/Senate

State Budget

HB 1001

394

#9/Senate

State Budget

HB 1001

409

3rd/Senate

State Budget

Shaded lines indicate

this is a Senate vote.

These are House 

votes.

 

Voting Record 

It’s been a personal debate how to calculate NV (Not Voting) and E (Excused).  Trying to decide whether to determine percent with AFT Indiana by including or excluding those non-votes.  I have decided I must consider them rather than calculate only on votes cast.  You can guess by the voting pattern whether the vote would have been with us or not.  But, after all, that is a guess.  There seemed to have been more than usual excused absences this session.  

 

We often exclaim “Remember November.”  We must.  House reps won’t stand election again until November 2022.  The terms is 2-years.  Senator elections are staggered and held in even numbered years – so 2022.  A senator is election for a 4-year term. 

 

 

SB 205 

SB 205 

SB 251 

SB 413 

HB  1001 

HB 1001 

HB  1001 

 

 

 

Teacher Training; 3rd reading 

Teacher Training; CCR 

Deduction of dues; 3rd reading 

Education Matters; 3rd Reading 

Budget; Amend #24 

Budget; Amend #9 

Budget; 3rd reading 

SENATE 

AFT Indiana Score in % support 

 

 

Roll Call 

Roll Call 

Roll Call 

Roll Call 

Roll Call 

Roll Call 

Roll Call 

 

 

 

182

445

137

203

382

394

409

 

Last Name 

Party/ District 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alting 

R-22

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

71

Baldwin 

R-20 

Bassler 

R-39

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Becker 

R-50 

71 

Bohacek 

R-8

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

57

Boots 

R-23 

Bray 

R-37

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Breaux 

D-34 

100 

Brown 

R-15

0

NV

0

0

0

0

0

0

Buchanan 

R-7 

Buck 

R-21

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Busch 

R-16 

Charbonneau 

R-5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Crane 

R-24 

Crider 

R-28

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

28

Donato 

R-18 

Doriot 

R-12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ford, J.D. 

D-29 

100 

Ford, Jon 

R-38

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

28

Freeman 

R-32 

28 

Garten 

R-45

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Gaskill 

R-26 

Glick 

R-13

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

28

Grooms 

R-46 

28 

Holdman 

R-19

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Houchin 

R-47 

28 

Koch 

R-44

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

Kruse 

R-14 

Lanane 

D-25

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

100

Leising 

R-42 

14 

Melton 

D-3

1

E

1

1

1

1

1

86

Messmer 

R-48 

Mishler 

R-9

0

NV

0

NV

0

0

0

0

Mrvan 

D-1 

57 

Niemeyer 

R-6

0

NV

1

0

0

0

0

14

Niezgodski 

D-10 

86 

Perfect 

R-43

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

Qaddoura 

D-30 

100 

Raatz 

R-27

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

Randolph 

D-2 

100 

Rogers 

R-11

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

0

Sandlin 

R-36 

 

Tallian 

D-4

1

NV

1

NV

1

1

1

86

Taylor 

D-33 

NV 

NV 

86 

Tomes 

R-49

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

71

Walker, G 

R-41 

14 

Walker, K 

R-31

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

14

Yoder 

D-40 

100 

Young 

R-35

E

E

0

E

0

0

E

0

Zay 

R-17 

1 = Correct vote                 0 = incorrect vote              E=Excused                NV=Not voting 

 

 

SB 205 

SB 251 

SB   251 

SB 413 

SB 414 

HB 1001 

HB 1001 

 

 

 

Teacher Training; 3rd Reading 

Deduction of Dues; Amend #1 

Deduction of Dues; 3rd Reading 

Education Matters; Amend #1 

Various Ed Matters; 3rd reading 

Budget; Amend #7 

Budget; 3rd Reading 

HOUSE 

AFT Indiana Score in % support

 

 

Roll Call 

Roll Call 

Roll Call 

Roll Call 

Roll Call 

Roll Call 

Roll Call 

 

 

 

437

357

366

408

430

168

235

 

Last Name 

Party/ District 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abbott 

R-82

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Andrade 

D-12 

100 

Austin 

D-36

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

100

Aylesworth 

R-11 

Baird 

R-44

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Barrett 

R-56 

Bartels 

R-74

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

14

Bartlett 

D-95 

100 

Bauer 

D-6

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

100

Behning 

R-91 

NV 

Borders 

R-45

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Boy 

D-9 

100 

Brown 

R-41

NV

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Campbell 

D-26 

100 

Carbaugh 

R-81

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cherry 

R-53 

Clere 

R-72

0

1

E

0

0

0

0

14

Cook 

R-32 

Davis 

R-58

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Davisson 

R-73 

DeLaney 

D-86

NV

1

1

1

1

1

1

86

DeVon 

R-5 

NV 

Dvorak 

D-8

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

100

Eberhart 

R-57 

Ellington 

R-62

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Engleman 

R-70 

Errington 

D-34

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

100

Fleming 

D-71 

100 

Frye 

R-67

E

E

1

E

E

0

0

14

GiaQuinta 

D-80 

100 

Goodrich 

R-29

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Gore 

D-89 

100 

Gutwein 

R-16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hamilton 

D-87 

100 

Harris Jr. 

D-2

1

1

E

1

1

1

1

86

Hatcher 

D-3 

100 

Hatfield 

D-77

1

1

1

1

1

1

E

86

Heaton 

R-46 

Heine 

R-85

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hostettler 

R-64 

Huston 

R-37

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

NV

0

0

Jackson 

D-1 

100 

Jacob 

R-93

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

28

Jeter 

R-88 

Johnson 

D-100

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

100

Jordan 

R-17 

Judy 

R-83

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Karickhoff 

R-30 

14 

King 

R-49

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Klinker 

R-27 

100 

Lauer 

R-59

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ledbetter 

R-75 

Lehe 

R-25

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Lehman 

R-79 

Leonard 

R-50

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Lindauer 

R-63 

 

 

SB 205

SB 251

SB   251

SB 413

SB 414

HB 1001

HB 1001

 

 

 

Teacher Training; 3rd Reading 

Deduction of Dues; Amend #1 

Deduction of Dues; 3rd Reading 

Education Matters; Amend #1 

Various Ed Matters; 3rd reading 

Budget; Amend #7 

Budget; 3rd Reading 

HOUSE 

AFT Indiana Score in % support

 

 

Roll Call

Roll Call

Roll Call

Roll Call

Roll Call

Roll Call

Roll Call

 

 

 

437 

357 

366 

408 

430 

168 

235 

 

Lucas 

R-69

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Lyness 

R-68 

Manning 

R-23

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

May 

R-65 

Mayfield 

R-60

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

McNamara 

R-76 

NV 

NV 

14 

Miller 

R-448

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Moed 

D-97 

NV 

NV 

71 

Morris 

R-84

0

0

0

0

0

0

E

0

Morrison 

R-42 

Moseley 

D-10

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

100

Negele 

R-13 

Nisly 

R-22

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

14

O’Brien

R-78 

Olthoff 

R-19

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pack 

D-92 

100 

Payne 

R-66

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pfaff 

D-43 

100 

Pierce 

D-61

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

100

Porter 

D-96 

NV 

86 

Prescott 

R-33

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pressel 

R-20 

Pryor 

D-94

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

100

Rowray 

R-35 

Saunders 

R-54

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

14

Schaibley 

R-24 

Shackleford 

D-98

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

100

Slager 

R-15 

Smaltz 

R-52

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

14

Smith 

D-14 

100 

Snow 

R-18

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Soliday 

R-4 

NV 

Speedy 

R-90

E

0

E

E

0

0

0

0

Steuerwald 

R-40 

Sullivan

R-78

-

-

-

-

-

0

0

0

Summers 

R-99 

100 

Teshka 

R-7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Thompson 

R-28 

Torr 

R-39

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

VanNatter 

R-38 

Vermilion 

R-31

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Wesco 

R-21 

Young 

R-47

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Zent 

R-51 

Ziemke 

R-55

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

*  O’Brien was appointed to fill the term of Sullivan who was appointed to Secretary of State. 

 

1 = Correct vote                 0 = incorrect vote              E=Excused                NV=Not voting 

 

Helpful Links 

 

 

AFT Indiana Calendar 

  • April 27 – Special Zoom with Senator Eddie Melton to share results of HB 1001-State Budget.  Contact your local president for the zoom link.   
  • May 1 Annual Convention - The Convention will be VIRTUAL.  A zoom link will be sent to presidents when the date is closer. Please contact Erin Suttle at assistant@aftindiana.org with any questions concerning Convention. 

 

Sally J Sloan

Executive Director
AFT Indiana
445 N. Pennsylvania, Suite 510
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-299-5395, ext. 301