Friday Message

January 22, 2021

A Message from Dr. Ryan Glaze, Superintendent, Tipton Community School Corporation

It was great to welcome students and staff back to the buildings after kicking off the second semester virtually for the first two weeks. This gave us the time needed to reset and the best shot at bringing students and staff back to in-person classrooms and keeping them there.

During Tuesday’s 2021 State of the State address, Gov. Holcomb shared his two-year state budget, and a glimpse of what Hoosier’s can expect in the year ahead. Of particular interest to those of us in public education is the proposed increase in K-12 funding by $377 million that will be allocated to increase school budgets.

In addition, he said the Teacher Compensation Commission Report identified 37 different state and local ideas to reduce costs and increase revenues for our public schools that should be examined because they could potentially put more funds into teacher’s pockets. With this, the goal of becoming one of the best in the Midwest for teacher pay could be realized. He also indicated support for continuing to drive progress toward preparing our students and our workforce for the career opportunities that are there waiting to be filled right now.

I am thrilled to hear the governor's proposed budget provides for increases in PK-12 education funding. I am additionally excited about his acknowledgement that 90% of Indiana's children attend public schools. It’s a promising start. However, House Bill 1005, which is an expansion of private school vouchers and creates special education savings accounts, would have a huge fiscal impact on education funding and would essentially eliminate funding increases for 90% of Indiana children attending public schools. I applaud the governor's willingness to support Indiana's classrooms with additional funding but providing funding increases that only benefit voucher and charter school students does not help us increase teacher pay and improve learning opportunities.

Many of the suggestions provided by the Teacher Compensation Commission Report are either currently in place in TCSC or have been examined and determined not to be beneficial. We are committed to pushing as much of our revenue and savings from cost saving measures like those in the report towards teacher salaries. We deeply value our teaching staff and I remain committed to improving our teacher compensation here at TCSC. Our teachers are invaluable assets providing our students a quality education. They contribute to each aspect of society and their influence touches all our lives for a lifetime.

In other exciting Blue Devil news, Tipton High School has named its Rising Stars of Indiana Class of 2022. They include Nate Powell, Lainey Armes, Lucy Quigley, and Taylar Leffler. They are among 1,146 juniors from 291 schools nominated for their outstanding academic achievement and leadership through a special recognition program of the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP). Congratulations to these students on all they have already achieved as they continue to expand their knowledge, growth, and leadership skills well into the future. #TiptonPride

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