I did a thing today. A BIG thing! I put in for a personal day at work. Not just any personal day, however. I was a part of a concentrated effort of teachers in my corporation/union who all put in for personal days on Tuesday, November 19. It was to let our administration know that we all intend to attend and be a part of the Red for Ed Action Day and rally at our statehouse in Indianapolis. We all intend to let our legislators know that we protest that systematic destruction of public education.
I have rarely been one to make a racket, never having been one for public protests or crowds. I have often supported such movements in different ways. But this…this is my career. My day in and day out. These are my students we are talking about and the schools that serve, teach, and attempt to prepare them. So, on 11/19/19. I will screw up my courage, stand with hundreds of fellow educators, and fight for our students and their needs.
Provided by our union president, below is a short list of some of the actions being committed at the state level to public education:
1. The state requiring teachers to serve 15 hours in the business community in order to obtain/renew their teaching license.
2. Attempting to hold schools accountable for what students do AFTER they graduate.
3. Different rules and accountability measures for private/ charter schools that make the latter “look” better.
4. The racist roots of vouchers that drain money from public schools and “school’s choice” as the initial reaction to Brown v. Board of Education.
5. A Senate Chairman of the Education Committee who believes voucher money goes straight to parents and doesn’t return to public schools. This same senator did not know how much vouchers saw an increase in a budget he voted for, and the list goes on.