School teachers and students held a ‘walk-in’ demonstration in support of
the National Education Association’s #RedForEd campaign this morning.
Dozens of staff and
students, most wearing red, gathered in solidarity with educators at the
flagpole in front of CHS at approximately 7:20 a.m. and walked into school
co-president of the Duneland Teacher’s Association, said #RedForEd is about
ensuring traditional public schools get enough resources from the state in
the face of a changing educational landscape.
walk-ins as opposed to walk-outs,” said Hall. “But it’s going to get to a
point, if the state doesn’t do anything, where we’re going to have to walk
“No teacher at
Duneland wants to do that.”
Hall said the
demonstrations and the campaign aren’t about salaries, but about protesting
a lack of respect for public school educators as funding is increasingly
“We’re still not
getting the funding we should,” Hall said.
Bob DeRuntz, CHS
history teacher and chairman of negotiations for DTA, said he couldn’t be
more proud to teach in a supportive community like Duneland, but state
support continues to lag.
and disappointment is with the failure of our state legislature and our
governor to address the worsening teacher shortage, funding shortfalls for
our community’s public schools, and lack of respect for the incredibly
difficult and important work our teachers do every day for our community,”
DeRuntz said the
General Assembly is about to deliver a budget, which he says they’ll tout as
“a historic deal for education,” though it diverts funding to voucher
programs, for-profit charter schools, and virtual schools “with much less
accountability” compared to public schools.
Under the new
budget, public schools will see a 4% increase in funding over the next two
years, while charters, voucher programs, and virtual schools will see 15 to
20% increases, according to DeRuntz.
“Of all 50 states,
Indiana now ranks dead last in funding for public school teachers over the
last 15 years,” said DeRuntz. “We need our community to stand together with
our teachers for our public schools and demand better from our state, or
elect officials that will do better.”