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ISTA Statement on State Funding of Public Schools During COVID-19

ISTA President Keith Gambill released the following statement today in response to Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray’s letter to superintendents about state funding for public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Sen. Bray’s letter to superintendents on school funding doesn’t create clarity, it creates confusion at a time when school districts are doing all they can to protect educators, students and members of their communities. The law Bray references wasn’t intended for traditional public schools offering remote instruction temporarily during a pandemic – and he knows it. Now is not the time for state leaders to be divisive and play politics. Now is the time for state leaders to lead – and that means fully funding and fully supporting our public schools so educators can focus on doing what’s best for more than 1 million Hoosier kids who count on them."