IAPSS joined with IASBO for the 2018 Spring district meetings. This joint meeting was established for the express purpose of presenting information on HEA 1009 and HEA 1167. These bills replaced the way schools do budgeting for the first time in over 30 years. With the idea of giving superintendents and school boards more flexibility in how they use the school district’s funds, these bills were created. IAPSS wants to thank the executive director of IASBO, Denny Costerison, for his yeoman like efforts in guiding these bills to be useful and beneficial for school districts. IAPSS also wants to thank the representatives from DLGF and SBOA as well as IDOE for their willingness to acceptance suggestions and guidance to practically implement these bills as of January 1st 2019. In the ten district meetings, we reached over one thousand superintendents and school business officials presenting the salient information on these bills. Additional information will be presented in the IASBO annual meeting pre-conference sessions and in meetings established by the SBOA and DLGF in May and June. Meeting information and a FAQ sheet will be posted on the IAPSS web site.
In an interesting turn of events, the Indiana General Assembly adjourned without time to pass several important bills. As a result, a special session has been called by the Governor. In an effort to complete the “people’s work”, the Governor has indicated a need to allow time for the passage of bills for tax reform, school security funding and an interest free loan for Muncie Community Schools. He has called for a one-day special session in May after the May primary. IAPSS thanks the Governor for his interest and integrity in seeking the passage of these important bills.
IAPSS thanks the AASA Advocacy team headed by Noelle Ellerson for their diligent efforts on Capitol Hill for spearheading a federal budget that adverted disaster for many services to our most needy students. The original proposal called for billions in lost dollars for public schools that would have slashed programs and services for our students and funded more vouchers for private and parochial schools. Instead, due in large part to the efforts of Noelle, Sasha and Leslie, congress did not act to pass this proposal, but acted put dollars back into the important federal programs providing services to children.
With spring around the corner, we wish all educators and educational leaders the opportunity to provide great educational opportunities to all Indiana children in our public schools for the remainder of the school year. We also pray for our schools and the children to enjoy the safety provided in our public school spaces and the protection from the evils that may lurk in someone’s mind wishing them harm.