"Unlike assembly lines that discard materials that can't guarantee a predetermined uniform result, public schools don't discard any child. Children can come hungry or filthy; they can speak English or Spanish or Vietnamese or Hmong; they can be athletic or clumsy, artistic or musical; they can be black or white, Latino or Asian; they can be gay or straight, rich or poor; Jewish or Christian or Hindu or Muslim or atheist. They can know a lot or a little. In public schools, teachers take students as they are, respect all as they are, and promise to teach all, as they are. It might be the plaque on the Statue of Liberty that says, ‘Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free' but it's public schools that live that message daily."
-- Kylene Beers, president, National Council of Teachers of English
Educators aren’t alone in being fed up with narrow, punitive student accountability measures. Parents also want well-designed, timely assessments that monitor individual student performance and progress across a range of subjects and skills. That’s one of the key findings in a new study by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA).
NWEA, a non-profit educational services organization headquartered in Portland, set out to find how the views of parents – often ignored in the debate over the direction of public education – stacked up against those of teachers and administrators.
That is why we are all partners for public education. And that is what Hoosiers Organized for Public Education (HOPE) is all about. HOPE’s mission is to bring people together, provide them with information about public education policy in Indiana and create connections with public schools in communities where they live. As a HOPE member, you will help make this a reality.
Indiana’s public schools have a long history of excellence. By almost any measure, they are among the best in the country. But we can always improve. After all, that is what we encourage our students to do every single day. While we can be proud of our students’ successes, our schools and students face challenges. Expectations are increasing. Federally-mandated academic goals are ramping up sharply. In just the past two years, the state has cut public school funding by more than $600 million. Most school corporations across the state have cut teachers and learning programs as a result.
HOPE members care about these issues and want to learn more. All members will regularly receive an electronic newsletter, information at www.indianahope.org about Indiana’s public schools, parent tips, education policy updates and examples of community engagement.
What is Hoosiers Organized for Public Education (HOPE)? HOPE is an opportunity for all Hoosiers to partner and communicate in support of Indiana’s public schools and advocate for students in every community.
Why should I become a member? HOPE members join thousands of ISTA members and other Hoosiers who care about their public schools. HOPE members acknowledge that they are partners in the success of our public schools. And they act to make sure that the public schools in every community provide the very best education to the students they serve.
How do I join? Just fill out the attached membership form and return it.
How much does a HOPE membership cost? Dues are one dollar. Funds will be used to offset the costs of the program.
What do I get as a HOPE member? You will receive an electronic newsletter, information about the public schools in Indiana, parent tips, education policy updates and examples of community engagement.
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HOPE members will have access to an electronic newsletter, a dedicated Website with important information about state and national policy discussions that impact public school students, and other HOPE members who share your commitment to Indiana’s public schools and public school students.