Why I stood for equitable K-12 funding

Being an ELL teacher has been the most heartbreaking and rewarding profession imaginable. It’s heartbreaking because so many of my students are misunderstood and often called lazy, but they are undoubtedly the hardest working people I know.

I have been teaching for about 10 years now. I have taught at several charter schools and all the work I have done has been with English Language Learning (ELL) students.

I decided to testify on behalf of more funding this legislative session because as a teacher I know our charter schools often serve a higher percentage of low-income students and diverse students, but they receive much less funding from the state. I also know the lack of support and resources for ELL programming often translates to more students being stuck in the system. Students (like Lizzie) who don’t need to be.

As a part of the Stand for Children Indiana spotlight series, watch my video to learn why I shared my story and how advocates like me are making a difference:

Through Stand for Children Indiana, I have learned not only how to use my voice, but how to effectively use it for positive change. We all have a story to share that can make a difference. If you have a story to tell, I encourage you to join Stand for Children Indiana’s email list and share by emailing [email protected].

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