Indiana legislature 2018: What teachers want


ASSOCIATION.. MAKING THEIR WISH LIST… FOR NEXT YEAR’S LEGISLATIVE SESSION. IT COVERS EVERYTHING FROM MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN SCHOOLS… TO LOWERING THE AGE KIDS HAVE TO BE TO START SCHOOL. I MET WITH THE I-S-T-A PRESIDENT TODAY FOR THE FULL RUNDOWN. (REPORTER BRENNA DONNELLY) IN THE SHADOW OF THE INDIANA STATE LEGISLATURE… TERESA MEREDITH IS ASKING FOR CHANGE. (( TERESA MEREDITH / ISTA PRESIDENT : WE BELIEVE THAT EDUCATORS ARE THE ONES WHO OUGHT TO BE OFFERING SOLUTIONS, AND SO WE ARE. )) THE INDIANA STATE TEACHERS ASSOCIATON WANTS LAWMAKERS… TO PUT… (( TERESA MEREDITH / ISTA PRESIDENT / : OUR KIDS, OUR SCHOOLS, AND OUR FUTURE )) …FIRST. HERE’S PART OF THEIR WISH LIST: – RESTORE THE 9.3 MILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT IN PUBLIC EDUCATION – HOLD ONLINE AND VOUCHER- ACCEPTING SCHOOLS MORE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR PUBLIC DOLLARS – IMPROVE THE FAIRNESS OR CREATE ANOTHER EVAULATION METHOD FOR TEACHER LICENSING AND AS A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER HERSELF… MEREDITH WANTS TO MAKE KINDERGARTEN MANDATORY. (( TERESA MEREDITH / ISTA PRESIDENT / : WE HAVE AROUND 7,000 CHILDREN IN INDIANA WHO DON’T SHOW UP FOR KINDERGARTEN EACH YEAR. THEY SHOULD, AND THEY’RE ELLIGIBLE, BUT THEY DONT. AND SO WHEN THOSE CHILDREN DO SHOW UP IN SCHOOL, THEIR EXPEIRENCE IS DIFFERENT THAN THEIR PEERS. THEY’RE BEHIND FROM THE GET-GO. )) ISTA IS ALSO HOPING TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED ANY KIND OF TRAUMA. (( TERESA MEREDITH / ISTA PRESIDENT / : YOU TYPICALLY THINK OF THINGS LIKE CHILD ABUE AND NEGLECT, BUT WE’RE ALSO LOOKING AT THINGS LIKE STUDENTS WHO HAVE HAD PARENTS WHO HAVE BEEN REPEATEDLY DEPLOYED AND THEY’RE FACING A LOT CHALLENGES WITH THAT AND THAT’S A KND OF TRAUMA. BUT ALSO THE OPIOID CRISIS THAT INDIANA IS EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW. )) AND AS FOR THE COMPUTER SCIENCE CLASSES THE STATE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WANTS AS A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT… (( TERESA MEREDITH / ISTA PRESIDENT / : DEPENDING ON THE KIND OF COMPUTER SCIENCE CLASS, AND HOW YOU WANT IT SUPPORTED, I THINK THERE’S A STILL A QUESTION. I DONT’ KNOW THAT IT NEEDS TO BE A REQUIREMENT FOR GRADUATION THOUGH. )) (BRENNA) THOSE ARE JUST A HANDFUL OF THE ISTA’S PUBLISHED 16 PRIORITIES FOR 2018. YOU CAN READ THEIR ENTIRE AGENDA ONLINE RIGHT NOW AT WISH TV DOT COM. PHIL?

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