The Indiana Political Action Committee for Education (I-PACE) is the political action arm of the United Education Profession at the state level. It’s purpose is to promote the cause of public education in the State of Indiana through political action. I-PACE assists candidates, political parties, and committees who are favorable to education issues as determined by ISTA Representative Assembly resolutions and legislative priorities.
I-PACE has four objectives:
- to research, evaluate, and endorse candidates for public office;
- to collect and disburse funds for contributions to endorsed candidates;
- to mobilize volunteers for the campaigns of endorsed candidates, and
- facilitate member involvement in the political process.
Endorsement recommendations for state-wide and state legislative candidates must receive concurrence from both the state I-PACE and the affected, affiliated Political Action Committees at the local level. Federal candidates must receive concur- rence from the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education in addition to concurrence from I-PACE and affected local PACs. handbook
I-PACE funds are obtained from member voluntary contributions which are separate from member dues. Each member is encouraged to make an annual contribution. All funds that are collected and disbursed to endorsed candidates are made in strict compliance with state and federal laws. I-PACE is proud of its record of going beyond reporting laws to provide more complete disclosure funds collected and disbursed.
The ISTA Board of Directors elects I-PACE members who serve staggered terms of two years. I-PACE rules require that it’s membership include three ISTA Board of Directors plus the ISTA President and Executive Director to assure that political decisions reflect the interests adopted by the ISTA Representative Assembly. The ISTA Executive Director appoints another staff member who serves as I-PACE Secretary-Treasurer. I-PACE also must include at least one member each from ISTA’s Education Support Professionals, ISTA-Retired, institutional teachers and Student Education Association.The remaining I-PACE members are elected with attention to geographic, ethnic-minority, and political balance.
I-PACE has organized and affiliated local Political Action Committees (PACs) within the District Council governance units of the ISTA. District Councils elect local PAC members in accordance with I -PACE and local PAC rules. Each PAC has one vote per District Council unit represented at the time concurrence is sought on state-wide endorsement decisions.
I-PACE elects it’s own officers, as do local PACs.