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Celebrate Public Schools Week!

Celebrate Public Schools Week!

Public Schools Week is this week! Public schools nationwide have been faced with incredible challenges in the last year and had to balance so many competing needs involved in educating our children. Help us celebrate our Indiana public schools by showing appreciation...

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Southeastern Indiana School Study Council Superintendents reject attack on public education

Southeastern Indiana School Study Council Superintendents reject attack on public education

The members of the Southeastern Indiana School Study Council represent twenty-three (23) school corporations and one (1) career center across southeastern Indiana. "We strongly oppose House Bill 1005, Senate Bill 412 and Senate Bill 413. We ask you to vote no on these...

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The value of public education

The value of public education

"Public education is taking a back seat in our state and I find that a troubling development." From the blog: Larry In Fishers. It's particularly timely to see these comments during Public Schools Week. Larry Lannan is the local media in Fishers, IN. He covers almost...

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ICPE Presidents Day Legislative Event – Video

ICPE Presidents Day Legislative Event – Video

Our unexpected event is packed with great information! When we couldn't have a rally due to COVID restrictions, we thought we'd do a small event at the Statehouse on Presidents Day to introduce the letter from the three former Indiana Superintendents of Public...

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“Choices” to non-public schools that cannot or will not adequately serve students

“Choices” to non-public schools that cannot or will not adequately serve students

Many thanks to Carla Schmid, a special needs parent who testified in opposition to HB 1005 in the House Education Committee hearing.  She joined us on ICPE’s special Presidents Day Zoom webinar. Please find her remarks below. "Hello, everyone! My name is Carla Schmid....

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HB 1005 Passes House 61-38

HB 1005 Passes House 61-38

Attached is the House Roll Call vote on HB 1005 which passed 61-38 on 3rd Reading on 2/16/21.  Does your legislator support public education? Where is your legislator on this list? Votes matter. It’s an ongoing challenge to hold our elected officials accountable for...

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ICPE President – “A budget reflects our priorities”

ICPE President – “A budget reflects our priorities”

Here are the passionate remarks from ICPE President Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer that she shared at our Presidents Day Zoom "Rally" earlier this week:"Every year, I think. What’s it going to take? What will it take for Indiana to stop the defunding of our public schools and...

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Leaky bucket: legislature diverts K-12 tuition support funding from public schools

Leaky bucket: legislature diverts K-12 tuition support funding from public schools

Do you ever wonder how legislators can brag about “historic” increases in the education budget, yet public schools’ funding increases barely keep up with inflation? It’s because so much is diverted out of the K-12 Tuition Support Fund before public schools get what’s...

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ICASE – “Significant risk of harming students with disabilities”

ICASE – “Significant risk of harming students with disabilities”

Many thanks to Jenny Smithson, Governmental Affairs Co-chair for ICASE (Indiana Council of Administrators for Special Education) for presenting during ICPE's special Presidents Day webinar. Please find her remarks below. The official ICASE position on ESAs and Voucher...

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Indiana PTA – “Close the Door to Education Savings Accounts”

Indiana PTA – “Close the Door to Education Savings Accounts”

Many thanks to Carissa Dollar, Vice President of Advocacy with Indiana PTA, for presenting during ICPE's special Presidents Day webinar. Many participants have asked to have a copy of her written remarks, which are featured below."Good afternoon. My name is Carissa...

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