Forum Discusses Public Education in Indiana

A national revolution comes to the Tri-State tonight, putting the spotlight on schools. 

A group called Our Revolution held serve in downtown Evansville. The progressive activism group began after Bernie Sanders dropped out of the presidential race, in hopes to continue the work Sen. Sanders started. 

The forum was an open invitation for people to talk about concerns with public education, among the issues, bullying. 

Jourdan Seib, the organizer of the forum says, "It's a huge epidemic that I truly wish would end."

An epidemic that goes beyond a rubric. 

"Bullying is always a concern and always has been a concern," Sheila Huff says. Huff is currently the principal at Bosse High School. 

A concern a test cannot measure. 

"If we are informed about it, know about it, we might be able to help some people but many times we don't know until it's too late," Huff says. 

Huff has more than 40 years of experience in education. She says the problem with bullying today is cyber bullying. 

"It's much more difficult to impact and find out what's going on and often times when we find out it's long after the fact," Huff says. 

When asked what Huff thinks is one of the biggest changes she's seen in her years of experience, her response was the lack of parental involvement with young people.

"If you want to know what's going on with your child you need to be involved with your child and that doesn't mean it stops at the 6th grade," Huff says. 

Huff, and others, say they want kids to have the best educational experience possible. 

Michel Rust, the president of Evansville Teachers Association says, "Going forward we just have to do everything to make the environment best for our students."

Beyond bullying, Our Revolution 's forum addressed other concerns with public education, such as students struggling with testing and teachers being overwhelmed. 

"Unfortunately, our public educators I have not heard say 'I really love my job. I love the people I work for. I love the way things are going for the state," Seib says. 

Organizers say they want to let people voice their opinions and concerns about where public education in Indiana is going. 

Seib says, "I feel like tonight we're going to allow people to really have the blinds lifted from their eyes and so they can find out what exactly is going on behind closed doors."

Organizers also hope to come together with state lawmakers to start doing what they say is best for the public schools. 

 


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