WHY PUBLIC SCHOOLS MATTER
Public education is the foundation of our democracy and it strengthens our communities. Public schools offer diversity and inclusion for all students to achieve their best. Yet, public education in Indiana is threatened. Education reforms such as vouchers, charter schools and online, virtual schools are siphoning dollars away from Indiana’s public schools.
However, Hoosier families and educators remain committed to public schools. Watch the videos below to hear from public school educators on why they choose public schools.
“I choose to work with special needs students with intense needs, because they need help and support, too. Most private school won’t take children with intense needs. I send my daughter to public school so she can learn alongside students who are all unique and wonderful in their own way.”
Traci LeTourneau, Educator, Loogootee Community Schools
“I choose public education, because I want my students to know they truly can make a positive impact on their community.”
Sam Jones, Educator, Cloverdale Middle School
“To me, teaching means nurturing, coaching and mentoring kids to become lifelong learners. It means helping kids learn to be creative, to collaborate with others, to communicate effectively and to think critically.”
Joe Ruhl, National Hall of Fame Teacher, Lafayette Jefferson High School
Stand Up for Public Schools
It’s time to stop experimenting with education reforms that are harming the majority of Hoosier kids. The state should refocus on education policies that strengthen and build upon the foundation of public education – support educators, adequately fund K-12 public schools and reverse course on expanding vouchers and funding failing charters.
Parents, students, educators and public education advocates are raising their voices in unison to support our public schools. Sign the petition to support public schools.
There are steps you can take to show your support for public schools in your community – talk with your neighbors, write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, attend school board meetings, say thank you to an educator. Here are tools to get you started.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Make your voice heard by writing a letter to the editor. Tell your community why you support your local public schools.
Stay on top of current education challenges and solutions in our state. Talk with your legislators and local community leaders on why you support public schools.