Monroe County Education Association

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Join us Monday night (3/28) at 7pm.

A panel of professionals and parents with expertise and/or experience with effective communication to highlight important ideas and strategies for engaging in productive conversations to benefit students in our public schools.

Panelists:
Michelle Cohen, parent of two current MCCSC students
Maggie Polk-Olivio, music teacher and arts coordinator at Fairview Elementary School, MCCSC.
Brenda Whitaker, principal of Edgewood Elementary School, RBBCSC
Markay Winston, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, MCCSC

Co-moderated by:
Wendy Marencik and Peg Smith, board members of ICPE-Monroe County

Location: MCPL Auditorium

Simulcast on CATS channel 3 (library channel)
Monroe County Education Association Monroe County Community School Corporation RBB Edgewood Schools MCCSC PTO Network Parent Community Network of Monroe County Monroe County Public Library (Indiana) Democracy for Monroe County (DFMC) IN*SOURCE Fairview Elementary School Marlin Elementary School Indiana University Indiana University School of Education Indiana Coalition for Public Education The Herald-Times
Join us next Monday night at MCPL at 7pm for a great discussion about communication.

Our panelists are amazing! 🤩

-Michelle Cohen​, parent of two children in the Monroe County Community School Corporation and active PTO member
​-Maggie Polk-Olivio, music teacher and arts coordinator at Fairview Elementary School
-Brenda Whitaker, principal of Edgewood Primary School, Richland Bean Blossom Community Schools
-Markay L. Winston, assistant superintendent for curriculum & instruction for the Monroe County Community School Corporation

Wendy Marencik and Peg Smith are board members of ICPE-Monroe County and will moderate the panel discussion.

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Math Homework Help for Teens returns this week! Stop by for free one-on-one help with math and science-related assignments. Visit us from 7–9 PM at the Main Library on Monday evening or come out to the Ellettsville Branch on Wednesday night. For more information check mcpl.info/calendar!

In partnership with Monroe County Community School Corporation, Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation, and Monroe County Education Association.
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Could you grab a friend and go to this canvass on this beautiful Saturday? Check out the event and reach out to a friend. Think of those teachers that walked out in a sea of Wear Red for Ed tshirts across the country. Could you all get people here?

Monroe County Education Association (MCEA) is located in Bloomington, IN and its members are teachers from Monroe County Community School Corporation.

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Borrowed from an Indiana educator.

HB 1134 is a bad bill - absolutely. Do not think that I'm trying to convince you otherwise. However, it has been MASSIVELY AMENDED from its initial hearing. There is a lot of misinformation out there from very well-meaning teachers and members of the public trying to get this bill defeated. The problem is that telling senators they should oppose the bill for reasons that are NO LONGER IN THE BILL will result in them ignoring your outreach and eventually assuming that ALL people speaking out against this bill are simply uninformed.

Things that have been changed include...
1) Lesson plans have specifically been taken out of the bill as "things that must be made available for review." Do we as teachers know that saying lesson plans don't need to be reviewed while all of the COMPONENTS of those lesson plans (books, presentations, multimedia clips, internet sites, etc.) still need to be reviewed is simply semantics that really won't decrease our burden much? Yes. But if you complain to a senator about having to "submit your lesson plans," they will ignore everything else you say.

2) The date of June 30th has been changed to August 1st. Is this still bad? Yes. But, again, if a legislative aide (the people who actually read the vast majority of the emails and only send through ones that they think may be relevant for the senator to read) sees "June 30th" while skimming your email, you're getting the "delete" button pushed immediately.

3) The bill no longer says you must not "include" resources that discuss things found in the 8 "divisive concepts" - it now just says "promote." Is it still a bad bill? Yes. Do we know that parents and students in this highly-partisan culture will frequently confuse whether we're "including" something or trying to use it to "promote" an idea? Yes. But, again, don't say it will be illegal for you to INCLUDE books with fictional characters that say racist things or primary source documents from historical figures saying terrible things. It won't be illegal - but it certainly WILL still be misinterpreted.

4) The bill no longer applies to post-secondary institutions or teacher training programs - only K-12.

5) The school board now has to tell the curriculum review committee what they want them to review - it doesn't, by law, have to be EVERYTHING. Still a bad bill that lets a committee with parents who may not be educators chaired by someone who is a parent give advisory opinions on materials and books that have already been vetted by the teachers who will actually use them and who are held accountable for student success.

6) Districts that use learning management systems like Canvas or Schoology or Blackboard will be able to use those systems to upload their resources instead of having a duplicate "curriculum portal." However, there are plenty of districts or teachers who do NOT already use LMS with students, and we should get to use LMS for its intended purpose of helping us better educate students - not for meeting a bureaucratic requirement.

7) Civil damages have been capped at $1000 for violations. The bill now clearly states that school districts themselves will be responsible for paying out any damages and NOT the individual teachers or administrators. It also allows for a judge to determine that a parent's lawsuit is frivolous and that they must pay the school district's legal fees. All good things...but still a bad bill.

Point 7b because it makes point "8" into a smiley-face emoji): I think a great thing to focus on in your communication is that no one has quantified the extent of this problem, yet they're proposing a four-layer "solution" comprised of a curriculum review committee AND a curriculum portal AND a formal complaint system AND eight concepts that can't be caught. Hearing one-sided complaints from "hundreds" or even "thousands" of parents and community members in a state with over 1.12 million school children should not result in such a radical change in current practice.

If you have additional questions about this bill, please let me know and I will answer them at my convenience. I testified in the Senate Education Committee against the Senate version of this bill, testified in the House Education Committee against the House version of this bill, will be participating in a statewide virtual press conference on Tuesday about this bill, so I am very in-tune with what they have actually written into the bill. I am passionate about getting this bill defeated, which is why I am determined to correct misinformation out there which will only serve to hurt that cause.

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“This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action." — Martin Luther King Jr.

via Be A King

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We urge Speaker Huston to follow President Pro Tem Bray’s lead by not moving forward with HB 1134. As long as HB 1134, and any future legislation contain the language of these bills, ISTA and our members will continue to fight for their defeat as our students all deserve the freedom to learn.

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