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Duneland legislators graded by Indiana Coalition of Public Education

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The Indiana Coalition of Public Education (ICPE), a bi-partisan non-profit organization that supports public schools, has issued its 2018 legislative report card. Twenty-nine members of the Indiana General Assembly earned As, one earned a B, eight earned Cs, 63 earned Ds, four earned Fs and four earned an incomplete grade for their support for Indianas public schools.

In all, ICPE issued grades to 109 legislators who are running again in 2018 as incumbents.

The grades for Dunelands three incumbent legislators running for re-election:

* Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage: A.

* Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso: D.

* Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage: A.

There were many bills affecting education in the 2017 and 2018 state legislative sessions, said Vic Smith, a board member of ICPE. Since ICPE primarily focuses on issues relating to privatizing public schools, we based our report card on bills that diverted taxpayers money away from public schools and sent it to private institutions or damaged public control of education. When you weaken public schools by diverting funding away from them, you undermine a key institution in our society--one that stands as the bedrock of democracy and the cornerstone of local communities.

The ICPE Report Card rated incumbents who filed for reelection in 2018, grading them based on their votes on six bills that either:

* Promoted the expansion of private school vouchers.

* Increased tax credits giving taxpayer money to scholarships for private schools.

* Cut voter control of public education.

* Or affected the support of public education.

Democrats fared better than Republicans in the bi-partisan organizations report card. The 28 Democrat incumbents graded all earned an A.

Of the 81 Republican incumbents running for reelection, one earned an A, one earned a grade of B, eight earned a C, 63 earned Ds, four earned an F, and four earned an incomplete.

We are glad to see that public education has friends on both sides of the aisle, said Smith. Public schools need bi-partisan support, and wed like to see more of it in the Indiana General Assembly. The future of over one million students depends on it.



Posted 8/30/2018




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