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ISTA Statement on State Board Proposal to Change School Count Date

ISTA President Keith Gambill issued the following statement in support of rule changes proposed at the Indiana State Board of Education which will hold schools harmless for enrollment, ensure full funding for public schools using virtual learning, as well as issues around collective bargaining impacted by a possible delay in student count.

“While there is no perfect solution, we believe the proposal before the State Board to essentially hold schools harmless, based on whether a student was being taught virtually or in person prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, offers the best plan going forward. We also support the proposed changes that ensure our public schools using any form of virtual learning during the pandemic rightfully receive full funding. Finally, the proposal does not require altering the timing of collective bargaining, providing much needed clarity for our local associations.”