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 went into the profession to teach children to read, so I think it’s definitely my calling to be an educator."
La Meca Perkins-Knight, Teacher, Theodore Potter School 74, Indianapolis Public Schools
"No matter who walks through our doors, we are a guide. We are a mentor to every student who comes into our building."
Paul Farmer, Science Teacher, Bloomington High School North
"Having the opportunity to make music with kids and watch them work individually for a common goal and see it all come together is so cool."
Ben Yoder, Orchestra Teacher, Hamilton Southeastern School District
“I want to give back to everyone and see us all grow together. That is why I choose to teach in a public school.”
Dakota Hudelson, Teacher, Northside Middle School
“No child should be on the losing end of a competition for equal educational opportunity. I advocate for public schools, not just for my children, but for all children.”
Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer, Public School Advocate, Bloomington
“I have the joy of having my kids with me at School 74. I have the joy of watching them have teachers that are amazing.”
La Meca Perkins-Knight, Teacher & Parent, Indianapolis Public Schools
"We plan to spend our careers in the classroom. It's great to get into a school and start making a difference now."
Lyndsy Eslinger, Future Educator
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.