Stand for Children praises Governor’s decision on K-12 budget, says attention should turn to Washington
Stand for Children Indiana Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller today released the following statement on Governor Holcomb’s decision to not cut K-12 education budgets:
“Indiana, like so many other states, is heading into difficult fiscal times. We appreciate Governor Holcomb for navigating these challenges in a way that prioritizes our children and their education. We hope the Governor will continue to remain steadfast in protecting K-12 education, and we thank him for his decision today.
“To be clear, schools and districts face tremendous financial challenges as the need for our students is so much greater heading into the next few years. The pandemic will require schools to obtain medical and personal protective equipment. Our children will need additional social and emotional programs and academic supports to address the ‘COVID slide.’ Assuming remote learning continues in some form, then schools need to ensure students have home internet and connected devices.
“We believe Washington has a role to play in taking up a future COVID relief bill to address these unprecedented times in K-12 education. If Washington fails to act, we fear this decision on holding steady with the state education budget could be a temporary one.
“We’ve created an action page for Hoosiers to email the Indiana congressional delegation and make clear their support for federal aid that could avoid cuts to Indiana schools. Hoosiers can visit protectpubliceducation.org/in/ to encourage Washington to protect our schools from future budget reductions.”