Madison Consolidated School Corporation

Board of School Trustees

Resolution No. 2019-11136

November 13, 2019

The Board of School Trustees recognizes the importance of high quality teachers in every one of our classrooms. We also recognize the limited availability of high-quality teachers due to the current teacher shortage Indiana is currently experiencing. That shortage of teachers is due, in no small measure, to the actions the Indiana Legislature took in the past regarding teacher contracts and compensation models. In addition, the Indiana Legislature has not provided an adequate funding formula that will allow school districts across Indiana to, at the very least, match cost of living increases for the past several years.

On November 19, 2019, teachers across Indiana will converge at the Indiana Statehouse to remind the gathered legislators that increased funding for public education is needed and that the needs of Indiana’s children are being met by classroom teachers every day across the State. These legislators have frequently verbally supported teachers but have not followed through with substantive increases in funding that recognizes the importance of the work done by the teachers in Indiana ... but rather has focused on punitive and ineffective testing measures while at the same time increased funding to charter schools and the voucher system that has provided dubious outcomes at best.

Once again, we call upon the Indiana Legislature to end their punitive and ineffective testing scheme. We call upon the Indiana Legislature to fund Indiana’s public education system in a manner that recognizes the vital role it plays in preserving the future well-being of our state and country.

The Madison Consolidated School support the efforts of our teachers to be heard during the Red for Ed Rally in Indianapolis. That support includes expressed Board approval of the following:

• The use of an eLearning Day in which our students can choose to attend school or stay home to do their eLearning lessons;

• Using a school bus to transport our participating teachers to the rally; and,

• Allowing the teachers who go to Indianapolis on November 19, 2019 to use a professional leave day.

• Board members will be attending the Rally as well.

Unanimously Adopted on November 13, 2019 by Board members Rob Kring, Larry Henry, Jodi Yancey, Jeanne Dugle and Joyce Imel