Indiana Teachers Rally for Fair Funding

Local teachers planned a big event this weekend, with the hope of getting their voices heard.

Posted: Apr 10, 2021 9:43 PM
Updated: Apr 10, 2021 10:22 PM

Local teachers planned a big event this weekend, with the hope of getting their voices heard.

These teachers are gathering for increased funding for public education in Indiana.

Teachers from Vanderburgh, Pike, Gibson, Warrick, and Spencer Counties joined forces at the Four Freedoms Monument in Downtown Evansville as the culmination of “Red for Ed Week.”

Julie Eaden is a music teacher in Evansville and an active member of the Indiana State Teachers Association.

Eaden led today’s rally, exclaiming, “It is wrong that more than 30% of new money for education in the proposed state budget would go to private schools."

The state’s proposed budget could give a 30% increase to voucher programs for charter schools.

Eaden told 44News that because of funding for public schooling, they are not able to attract great teachers that are willing to stay in Indiana to teach. Eaden says, "Call your legislators, tell them that they need to prioritize public schools and to prioritize that funding for their students, for their children."

ISTA President Keith Gambill was also among the several Southwest Indiana educators at the rally.

"Indiana is facing a real teacher shortage, crisis. And we know from the Governor's pay commission report that folks are leaving or not entering the profession at all because of pay,” Gambill told 44News.

When it comes to paying our educators, Gambill says our neighboring states are out-pacing Indiana.

"The ease with which folks could travel to Illinois or Kentucky without leaving the state of Indiana, they could go there to teach and earn more money,” President Gambill explained.

The teachers are hopeful that if they continue to rally, changes will come. Eaden said, “We can do this, but it’s going to take all of us.”

And according to President Gambill, "Over 90% of all Hoosier families choose public education and we should be funded accordingly."

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