The ICPE is a new, bi-partisan non-profit organization. Its mission is to focus public tax dollars on the K-12 education of public school students by opposing legislation in the Indiana General Assembly that would:
fund private school vouchers
expand private school tax credits
privatize charter schools by allowing private colleges and agencies to be authorizers
put for-profit managers in place to take a profit from operating public schools
Click here or the "At the Statehouse" tab above to see the latest issues.
FALL MEETINGS -- Our next meeting in the series of fall meetings for members and friends is Saturday, October 3 in Fort Wayne in conjunction with Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz will join us and then there will be a panel about the teacher shortage. Click here for the flyer about the Fort Wayne meeting.
Click here for a flyer about all our fall meetings.
At the Aug. 29 meeting in Indy Vic Smith spoke about and passed out handouts of his 25-year study of performance data that indicates Indiana public schools have steadily improved over the past 25 years. If anyone tries to tell you public schools are failing, it's just not true! If you'd like a downloadable and printable copy of the entire 18-page report, click here.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz the gubernatorial candidate John Gregg were our guest for our central Indiana fall meeting Saturday, August 29 in Indianapolis at 2 p.m. Similar meetings are planned around the state in September and October. Check our Events Page for details.
Have you seen this video about how public school budgets are being drained by vouchers and tax credits? That's exactly what's happening in Indiana, plus the property tax caps.
The Center for Tax & Budget Accountability released a study April 16 saying there is "no compelling policy reason to subsidize Indiana school vouchers with public taxpayer dollars." Read about it here or click here for a copy of the study.
Read Joel Hand's (ICPE lobbyist) testimony from April 17 before the conference committee on HB-1001, the budget bill, regarding ways to save money.
ONLINE PAYMENT AVAILABLE
If you haven't joined ICPE (or renewed your membership), we now have an online payment option through PayPal. Check it out in the Join ICPE section of this website.
Education in Indiana has been steadily improving for 22 years. See the updated report in the Good News about Schools section of this website.
We filed an Amicus Brief in the Indiana Voucher Lawsuit. To read the Amicus Curia Brief read here or to read the Briefs of Appellants read here.
KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON -- AND HOW TO CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS