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Vic’s Statehouse Notes #362

Vic’s Statehouse Notes #362

Dear Friends, The Indiana Treasurer’s office is building an online portal that could be used to dismantle public education in Indiana. Now the Treasurer wants more money to build it and maintain it. This move should be resisted by all who support public education....

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Vic’s Statehouse Notes #360

Vic’s Statehouse Notes #360

Dear Friends on MLK Day, HB 1134 and SB 167 are nearly identical bills. In actions last week, HB 1134 has advanced out of committee by a vote of 8-5 and now goes to the House floor. SB 167 was removed from Wednesday’s Senate Education Committee agenda after sparking a...

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Vic’s Statehouse Notes #359

Vic’s Statehouse Notes #359

Dear Friends, In a stunning break with Hoosier tradition, House Bill 1182 would change school boards from non-partisan to partisan. It’s time to contact your legislators before the bill is heard on Tuesday to express your strong opposition to this damaging change to...

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Why ICPE?

Why ICPE?

As we bid farewell to 2021, ICPE Board Member and Founder, Dr. Vic Smith, explains the critical importance of ICPE: "Public education in Indiana needs a strong voice of general citizens who agree that the future of our democracy and the success of our local...

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What public school advocates need to know about SEL

What public school advocates need to know about SEL

(With great thanks to our friends at the Indiana School Counselor Association for sharing their expertise) An old memory emerged as I was writing this blog. I was in second grade in IPS School 52 in Haughville. A girl I considered to be a friend was walking in front...

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Vic’s Statehouse Notes #358

Vic’s Statehouse Notes #358

Dear Friends, All who support public education In Indiana should know that Republican leaders in the General Assembly have advanced a plan to make school boards partisan instead of non-partisan. Let legislators know of your strong opposition to this stunning change as...

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Enjoy the ICPE Annual Meeting all over again!

Enjoy the ICPE Annual Meeting all over again!

If you missed ICPE’s virtual annual meeting and 10th anniversary celebration on Aug. 21 – or if you’d like to experience it again, the recordings are now available. If you’d like to watch the entire program, choose this link. To watch the 10th anniversary section (10...

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Vic’s Statehouse Notes #357 ICPE Annual Meeting

Vic’s Statehouse Notes #357 ICPE Annual Meeting

Dear Friends, Our ICPE Annual Meeting this coming Saturday, August 21st will be a virtual meeting. You can join us from your home! We had high hopes of having an August in-person meeting as we did for years before the pandemic last year changed our plans. As you now...

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ICPE Annual Meeting and 10th Anniversary

ICPE Annual Meeting and 10th Anniversary

We really wanted to have the ICPE Annual Meeting in person this year. We didn’t get to see everyone last year, and this year is our 10th anniversary. We really wanted to celebrate. We were even going to order cupcakes! But….with the Delta variant on the rise and...

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