Transcript of "What ISTA does for you & public education"
What ISTA Does for You & Public Education Nate Schnellenberger, ISTA PresidentTOGETHER WE CAN
Critical Question• Is ISTA still able to contribute to the well-being of its members and should they remain members?TOGETHER WE CAN
The answer is . . . YES!• Anyone who asks that question has not stayed informed of the recent successes and accomplishments of ISTA on behalf of Hoosier educators and the students they serve.TOGETHER WE CAN
IDOE Teacher Contract• It was ISTA – not a group of non- members or independent locals – that took immediate action and filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education after it created and distributed a required teacher contract that defined working days and minimum hours and gave IDOE unbridled control over your working conditions.TOGETHER WE CAN
The Judge Agreed• And a new, non-draconian teacher contract was ordered and issued.TOGETHER WE CAN
ISTEP Affidavit• Last February, IDOE distributed an ISTEP affidavit that it demanded all teachers who administer ISTEP sign.• That affidavit asked teachers to affirm a laundry list of unreasonable promises.TOGETHER WE CAN
• Did a group of non-members or independent locals respond to this demand from IDOE and challenge it on behalf of Indiana’s educators?• No. It was ISTA who made that challenge resulting in the Department of Education rescinding the affidavit.TOGETHER WE CAN
Privatizing Public Schools• During the 2012 General Assembly, ISTA successfully opposed a bill that would have greatly accelerated state takeover of public schools by private management companies.• Also at ISTA’s urging, legislators created a Select Commission of Education that will oversee rules and proposals developed by the State Board of Education and the IDOE regarding teacher evaluations and licensure to make sure they are being interpreted and administered as intended. TOGETHER WE CAN
ISTA. Your Voice.• No other organization – no group of non-members or independent locals – provides the level of advocacy and support to teachers and education support professionals that ISTA does. No one advocates for public educators like ISTA does!TOGETHER WE CAN
Another Reason to Join• Legislation passed in 2011 removes the requirement that ISTA must represent non-members on all matters except bargaining pay and fringe benefits.• In other words, without ISTA, you’re on your own. Once your local contract ends, ISTA is NO LONGER required to represent non-members. And we will not represent them.TOGETHER WE CAN
Why ‘Go It Alone?’• In these changing and uneasy times, with educators under incredible scrutiny, why would any educator take the chance to “go it alone” without the support and representation provided by ISTA?• Teacher unions are under attack because they work for their members – effectively representing them and their interests.TOGETHER WE CAN
Numbers Matter.• Now is not the time to leave ISTA. Now is not the time to question the level of representation.• Now is the time to grow our membership and make ISTA an even stronger organization.• During tough times, public education and public educators need a powerful professional union.• The opponents of public schools want to see ISTA weakened so they can do whatever they want to educators whenever they want. TOGETHER WE CAN
ISTA• ISTA remains a powerful and proud organization.• Working together, we have faced great obstacles and have not given up – despite great challenges.• We have faced great resistance and not given in.TOGETHER WE CAN
1854• ISTA was founded by a group of teachers in 1854 to solve the great challenges that faced them and Indiana’s public schools.• That’s the reason ISTA is still alive and well today. Times and our challenges have changed, but the reasons educators need ISTA haven’t.• By staying together and working together, we can protect our schools and our profession.TOGETHER WE CAN
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