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Wolcott teachers and students walk for public school funding

Teachers and students in Wolcott held a walk today for public education funding. One of their main talking points draws attention to House Bill 1001, which regulates the state budget for public schools.

Posted: Apr. 19, 2019 4:36 PM
Updated: Apr. 19, 2019 5:20 PM

WOLCOTT, Ind (WLFI)—Car horns honking was the sound that fueled teachers and students in Wolcott today.

“It’s about their kids,” said Indiana State Teachers Association Treasurer Doug Taylor.

‘Red for Ed’ was the theme of the walk held at Tri-County Intermediate School. The walk was in support of public school funding.

“We are behind the states in our region when it comes to spending on students,” said Taylor.

According to the information gathered from Indiana State Teachers Association, more than ninety percent of all Hoosier students are in public schools.

“Since 2009, the funding for their kids has not kept up with inflation,” said Taylor.

House Bill 1001, the budget bill, currently provides a 2.1% to 2.2% increase in education funding over the next two years. But with the increase in student population, School Board Member for Wolcott Education Board Bob Gerber said that’s not enough.

“Right now we’re not getting that two percent,” said Gerber. “Let alone that three we would like to see.”

Teachers like Eric Sharp run the ROBOTICS team at the intermediate school in Wolcott. Right now, this after school program runs solely off community donations.

“Obviously we are limited to what they are able to help fund,” said Sharp

Last year 16 students were involved. This year that number went up to 25. Sharp is concerned that with little to no state funding, after school programs like this one will have to be shut down.

“We’ve only been able to have about twenty-five of those,” said Sharp. “Because that’s how many we can fund with the amount of robots we’ve been able to purchase.”

Taylor said if public schools can receive the three percent they are asking for, teachers will no longer have to rely on grants for funding.

For more information on House Bill 1001 go here. 

To show support for public school funding click here. 

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