IAPSS Executive Director’s Newsletter

Posted on March 25, 2019

Dr. J.T. Coopman

At the halfway point of the Indiana General Assembly, the Senate Appropriations sub-committee met to hear about the budget proposal forwarded to them from the House. The House version had some errors associated with the complexity grant. When the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) fixed the issues, many schools ended up with a 14% loss in complexity dollars which serve disadvantaged and youth in poverty.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 School Funding Subcommittee

Upon Adjournment Chair: Bassler Room 431

Posted: 02/27/2019, 3:15 PM

Brown L, Charbonneau, Raatz, Melton, Tallian

K-12 School Funding

Teacher Appreciation Grants (TAG)

English Language Learner (ELL) Issues

This committee met on Thursday, March 14th to take testimony on the proposed school budget. Several superintendents testified about the impact of the budget on their most needy students and programs. See link for the newly computed formula below.


The Indiana education budget proposal comes on the tails of President Trumps’ budget proposals which proposes a 10% reduction in public school funding, especially with flat lining funding for disadvantaged youth and special needs children, all the while, increasing funds for charter schools, run by private businesses taking public dollars, and private school vouchers in the form of tax credits which benefit the wealthy. See the article below.

Following the conclusion of the Indiana General Assembly, we will share the impact of the bills on Indiana public schools.

The AASA National Education conference was held in Los Angeles CA in mid-February. Indiana was blessed to have several Indiana Superintendents in attendance. We were also blessed to have for the second year in a row, a National Superintendent of Year finalist, represented by Dr. Jeff Butts, MSD Wayne Twp. With a great turn out of the Indiana contingency in attendance for the announcement, we were let down to learn that Jeff was not selected as the National SOY. We are so proud to have Indiana represented in such a superior manner by Dr. Butts.

However, we congratulate Curtis L. Jones Jr., who spent the first 20 years of his professional life serving in the U.S. Army before taking on public school leadership in Georgia, was named the 2019 National Superintendent of the Year®.

The 63-year-old Jones has served since 2015 as superintendent of the 24,000-student Bibb County School District in Macon, Ga. He previously served one other superintendency in Griffin, Ga. He is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who subsequently served the military for 20 years in Germany and at the Pentagon.

Later that evening, we hosted the Indiana IAPSS President, Dr. Thomas Edington, and the Indiana SOY, Dr. Jeff Butts, at a dinner reception sponsored by our business partners at American Fidelity. We thank American Fidelity and honor the great work and representation of our IAPSS president and SOY.

We are looking forward to our Spring Seminar on April 25th at Primo South and thank Dr. Laura Blessing and the IAPSS Professional Development Committee for their work on planning the seminar for our members.

The IAPSS district meetings dates and locations are selected and we look forward to an informative agenda shared with our district leaders in these meetings.