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Public Schools Unite Us Yard Signs

Public Schools Unite Us Yard Signs

The session has ended. Sine die! They tried to divide us. The Heritage Foundation, Koch Brothers money, ALEC, and other extremist organizations helped to fund this latest national effort couched as being anti- “CRT” (Critical Race Theory) or about “parent...

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Vic’s Statehouse Notes #366

Vic’s Statehouse Notes #366

Dear Friends, House Bill 1134 now threatens to make teachers fear inviting guest speakers to their classroom. This is the damaging curriculum bill that educators, the PTA and community groups have denounced vigorously. Last Wednesday it got worse: it now threatens to...

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Vic’s Statehouse Notes #365

Vic’s Statehouse Notes #365

Dear Friends, WTHR, Channel 13, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis, reported that more than 200 people signed up to testify at the Wednesday February 16 hearing on the most contentious education bill this session, House Bill 1134. Senator Raatz, chair of the Senate...

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Celebrate Public Schools Week 2022!

Celebrate Public Schools Week 2022!

What you can do to celebrate Public Schools Week Feb. 21-25, 2022 Monday, February 21  -- Join us for ICPE’s Day of Action at the Statehouse. The program begins at 2  p.m. in the north atrium. Visit your legislators beforehand if possible, and write...

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Public Schools Unite Us – ICPE Day of Action

Public Schools Unite Us – ICPE Day of Action

In these divisive times we need you to come together for our public schools. We’re taking a slightly different approach to our Statehouse event this year. What hasn’t changed: It’s on Presidents Day, (Monday, Feb. 21), with the program beginning at 2 p.m. in the North...

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Amended HB 1134 Analysis

Amended HB 1134 Analysis

Joel Hand’s analysis of HB 1134 with the proposed amendment as of Feb. 15, 2022 Overall, HB 1134 with the proposed amendment will remain a bad bill, but it is less bad than it was. What the amendment removes: The amendment strikes ALL of the House Engrossed version of...

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Vic’s Statehouse Notes #364 – HB 1134

Vic’s Statehouse Notes #364 – HB 1134

Dear Friends, Thank you for your notes and messages to lawmakers! They have helped kill House Bill 1182 that would have made school boards partisan. This is significant! Your grassroots efforts make a tremendous difference when bad ideas are considered by lawmakers....

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Vic’s Statehouse Notes #363

Vic’s Statehouse Notes #363

Dear Friends, House Bill 1252 is a flawed plan for remediation and enrichment for students who performed poorly on ILEARN. How is it flawed? Here are ten flaws that need to be fixed on the House floor on second reading. House Bill 1252 would allow millions of dollars...

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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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