Legislative Agenda – 2012

In educating Indiana’s young people for their roles as citizens and productive members of our society, IUSA looks forward to the 2012 Legislative Session and collaborative efforts with all concerned. Building on the record of continuous improvement, investment and innovation, IUSA recognizes equity means opportunity for each youngster, regardless of how, when or where that child enters the system. Education is the principal economic engine of our democracy and an investment in our collective future. In alignment with the Indiana Constitution, IUSA will work toward all legislation which advances the well being and achievement of each student.

  • Fair and equitable treatment of all schools which accept state support.
    • The academic and financial regulations imposed on any one school should be equitably applied to all schools.  This should include, but not be limited to:
    • Academic rankings and subsequent sanctions,
    • Free and appropriate education for all students,
    • Financial reporting and audit procedures.
  • Support of local determination through local control.
    • Let local communities determine the academic, financial, and political nature of their schools.
    • This should include, but not be limited to:
      • Respect for locally elected servant leaders as they are closest to the constituents,
      • Providing the ability for local communities to be free of unfunded state mandates,
      • Reduce or cease unnecessary state regulation.
  • Support early learning including the transparent and full funding of full day kindergarten.
    • Change IC 20-43-4-5 to read that in determining ADM, each kindergarten pupil shall be counted as ONE pupil.
    • Preschool planning and discussion will be the topic of at least 1 meeting annually of the Indiana Education Round Table.
    • Indiana must immediately take steps to begin to support preschool education in a broad,   inclusive and comprehensive way.
  • Repeal HB 1003.
    • Public dollars should be used only for public schools. Public dollars being used to fund private schools and enterprises is contrary to our democratic ideals and may be unconstitutional. HB 1003 is undermining the system of free accessible common schools.
  • 2008 Funding Levels
    • Support return to 2008 funding levels. Any additional funding over and above those distributed by the formula should be distributed evenly on a per pupil basis among all corporations.
  • Keep PL 221
    • Continued support of PL 221 provides the most consistent path toward school improvement.
  •  Support funding to mitigate the harmful effects of the property tax caps on schools.