|INDIANAPOLIS – Upon her return to Indiana today, Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody called on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to rethink her support of President Trump’s education budget, a budget that Indiana’s top education official, Republican Jennifer McCormick, called “devastating”, “concerning” and “not the best course of action”.
“The draconian cuts imposed by the Trump-DeVos education budget would mean more kids packed into classrooms and fewer resources to train and retain teachers,” said Zody. “The Trump-DeVos education budget is so bad, even members of their own Party are speaking out. It’s time Secretary DeVos reconsiders her support.”
The Supporting Effective Instruction grants on Trump and DeVos’ chopping block are used in Indiana schools to reduce class sizes and provide continuous, ongoing training that help teachers prepare to instruct students. The grants are a critical tool in recruiting and training teachers with experience and strong credentials at high-risk schools.
“The Trump-DeVos budget is asking our teachers to do more with less, again,” said Zody. “Indiana already spends less per pupil, after adjusting for inflation, than it did in 2009. Now Trump and DeVos want to siphon even more taxpayer resources out of Indiana classrooms and into for-profit or private schools. It’s the kind of Trump-DeVos “deal” Hoosier students, parents and teachers can’t afford.”
If the Trump-DeVos education budget becomes law, 20,000 Hoosier kids could be out of before and after-school programs currently offered through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. For thousands of children in Central Indiana, the 21st Century funding means a safe place to go after school, where they get tutoring, mentoring, health and fitness education and a meal — things they might not get regularly at home. The goal is to improve academic outcomes in the short and long term.
“For Trump and DeVos, this isn’t about improving outcomes or giving kids the best shot at success, it’s about pumping taxpayer dollars into for-profit and private schools,” said Zody. “I wish Secretary DeVos would stop by an after-school program on her tour this afternoon or drop into a public teacher’s home this evening for a kitchen table chat. She could learn firsthand just how costly these budget cuts would be for Hoosier students.”
The Trump-DeVos education budget: more crowded classrooms, fewer safe places for high-risk kids and less training for teachers. Hoosier teachers, parents and students can’t afford it.
|INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement after the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity convened for its second meeting.
“Today, members of Vice President Mike Pence’s commission once again industriously hunted for reasons to justify making it more difficult for Americans to vote. Like Secretary Lawson’s “no correlation” between early voting and turnout comment weeks before, the Commission twisted itself into knots to justify naked attempts to reduce turnout and tilt elections in favor of Republicans. Commission Vice-Chair Kris Kobach had his previous claim that thousands of New Hampshire voters committed voter fraud repeatedly swatted down by the New Hampshire Secretary of State himself. If the Commission was serious about election integrity, perhaps their Vice-Chair should be more careful in claiming fraud. From gerrymandering to selectively limiting early voting, Indiana Statehouse Republicans have spent years rigging the system to win elections. Consider, instead, if the Commission’s time, energy and taxpayer-resources were spent strengthening Hoosiers and Americans’ Constitutionally-protected right to vote.”
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic African American Caucus released the following statement concerning the Trump Administration’s announcement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“The Indiana Democratic African American Caucus (IDAAC) denounces the decision of President Trump, in a move that President Obama calls ‘cruel’, regarding DACA. IDAAC stands in support of our Hispanic brothers and sisters as this is a call for alliances to be formed with other minority groups in order to recruit, support and train minority candidates up and down the State of Indiana to run for office in 2018 and going forward in the coming election cycles. Legislation that is anti-diversity not only damages America now, but that hate will hurt us for generations to come. We must stand together in the face of Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, support of white supremacy in Virginia, and demolition of freedom through DACA’s reversal. America is better–and we must be the proof.”
INDIANAPOLIS – George Hornedo, President of the Indiana Latino Democratic Caucus, released the below statement following the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which offers some protection to nearly 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
“Today’s decision by the Trump Administration is cruel and indecent. Not only does it lack an economic or national security rationale, but it is morally wrong. About 800,000 Dreamers—nearly 10,000 in Indiana alone—are at risk of being taken away from their families and the communities they know. Now that President Trump has shifted responsibility to Congress, we as citizens must act with the fierce urgency of now to ensure that our elected officials do the right thing and protect Dreamers. It’s time to turn up the heat.”
INDIANAPOLIS – In response to the Trump administration’s announcement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement.
“Today, the Trump administration turned its back on hard-working immigrant families and students who only know this country as their home. In Indiana, nearly 9,000 DACA beneficiaries contribute more than $500 million in economic activity to the Hoosier economy. They are small business owners, entrepreneurs and they are vitally important to our state’s economic engine. We know there is much work to be done to fix our broken immigration system. Subtracting half a billion dollars in GDP from the state’s economy won’t help in that aim, nor will building walls instead of bridges. We urge Congress to work together to find a bipartisan solution.”