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ISTA statement in response to final Republican budget proposal

ISTA President Teresa Meredith issued the following statement in reaction to the Republican budget proposal.

“This budget reflects progress for education funding. Thanks to educators and advocates of public schools for speaking out about the need for more education funding, the increases in this budget for public schools would be the largest in 11 years.

ISTA presented reasonable goals for funding increases to the legislature, however, policymakers remain unwilling to expand revenue to address long-term public education funding issues and teacher pay.

“ISTA will continue to fight for increased teacher pay and funding for every student. Our members are just getting started and will continue advocacy efforts into the future. We will not stop until public schools are fully funded, educators get the pay and respect they deserve and that all kids – no matter their ZIP code – receive a quality public education.”