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COLUMBIA CITY â€” School board president Don Armstrong called on constituents as well as fellow members of the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees to be vocal to the state legislature regarding the future of education in Indiana.
â€śIâ€™ve heard education is on the rocks,â€ť said Armstrong at Monday nightâ€™s regular board meeting.
â€śVisit our schools and then tell me education is on the rocks.â€ť
Armstrong said the state legislators currently making vital decisions regarding education might need educated themselves.
â€śIâ€™m not sure theyâ€™re in a position to really know whatâ€™s best,â€ť he said.
Armstrong was reacting to education reform ideas being bandied about the Indiana statehouse, as well as policies from recent years that have put a pinch on the pocketbooks of school systems statewide.
WCCS recently joined a coalition of other school systems calling on the state to level the playing field when it comes to handing out money for schools on a â€śper-studentâ€ť basis.
Officials at school systems the size of Columbia City and smaller have complained that a disparity exists where some corporations receive sometimes twice as much per student, depending on school size or geographic location.
Also at issue are proposed charter schools and performance-based teacher assessments.
â€śIt seems to me our legislators need to realize that we need to be a team,â€ť said Armstrong.
The board president called on those in attendance to contact state lawmakers either by phone or through the Internet.