Monroe County residents packed the public hearing for Seven Oaks, November 4, 2015. Click here to read some of what was said in opposition to this proposed charter school.
We believe public education is the foundation of democracy. We empower citizens to advocate for high quality public education for all Indiana’s children.
We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of parents, teachers, and other members of our community. Our goals include keeping public dollars in public schools and informing the community on education policy affecting the classroom.
Our children deserve a single, well-funded system of public schools.
Our community benefits from excellent public schools.
Schools thrive by developing mutual respect and cooperation between teachers, students, and parents.
All children should have access to a full, vibrant curriculum.
Teaching, learning, and growth cannot be quantified by standardized tests.
Assessments should be used to support children, teachers, and schools.
Teachers are professionals and deserve our support.
Local control of education is essential so that schools are accountable to the communities they serve.
Recent bills passed by Indiana’s legislature have undermined public education. These bills have deprived schools of stable funding. They have expanded the charter school market, dividing resources and communities. They have channeled public education dollars to private, mostly religious schools through vouchers. They have scapegoated and marginalized teachers. They have emphasized high-stakes testing and grading of schools, narrowing curricula and opportunity.
Schools are not factories to standardize kids for our economy; they are places for all children to develop their full potential to participate in a diverse and democratic society. Please join us.
We gather trends and information about legislation affecting public schools, and we work to promote informed public opinion. We hold "Community Conversations" on various topics to encourage engagement and awareness. We have a writing group, SPEAK, that meets regularly to write letters to newspapers as well as to our elected officials in order to speak out on the issues. We share information on a Facebook page and hope to post it here to keep you up-to-date on the many issues facing public education. We have a booth at the Farmer's Market here in Bloomington in order to facilitate conversations, encourage signing of our petitions and advertise upcoming events. We also have a blog which you can find here.
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