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THE INDIANA SMALL AND RURAL SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION!

Join our efforts to provide voice specifically for small and rural schools in Indiana!
Through these pages and our website we hope you learn more of who we are and what the ISRSA is all about!

Join Indiana Educators in a Rally for Public Education Funding at the Indiana State House  – Tues. April 18, 2017 – 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

The Indiana Coalition for Public Education and the Indiana PTA are hosting a Rally for Public Education Funding  – “K-12 Public School Funding – Indiana Can Do Better” on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) at the Indiana State House.  Members of the ISRSA and interested public are invited to attend!

Here’s the picture:  The Governor and the House both recommended  low increases for K-12 next year, $70 million (1%) by the Governor and $77 million (1.1%) in the House budget passed Feb. 27th.  Funding for K-12 seemed to be an afterthought, with no urgency.

These low 1% increases were like the low K-12 budgets during the Great Recession.  Indiana is not still in the Great Recession and our K-12 students should not be treated as if we are!

Then the Senate passed a better budget on April 6th:  an increase of $117 million (1.7%) for next year and a two-year increase of $358 million.  This two-year amount is $85 million more than the House budget!

There is no guarantee that the final budget will include this $85 million.  The House and Senate have to negotiate their differences.  If they split the difference, our K-12 students will lose half of this $85 million for K-12 programs.

To view their flyer for this event, CLICK HERE

Information on Application Process and Other Details for
FY 2017 REAP Project Grants

The US Department of Education has issued a letter with details on FY 2017 REAP Project Applications.  The REAP Project provides eligible school districts across all states opportunities to apply for:  Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) and/or Rural and Low-Income Schools (RLIS) Grants.  A list of eligible school districts by states will soon be released on the REAP website.

To view and read the letter from Dr. David Cantrell, Group Leader for the REAP Project, please CLICK HERE

 

ISRSA 2016-2017 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year
Honored by Indiana Lawmakers!
March 6, 2017

Our Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Miss Brenda Bowman,  was recently recognized and honored on the floor of both the Indiana House and Senate by State Representative William Friend and Senator Randy Head.  Members of both Chambers honored Miss Bowman by passing a Joint Resolution honoring her 33 years of work in education and her outstanding service to the student of Galveston Elementary and Southeastern School Corporation.  Joining Miss Bowman at the Indiana State House were her principal and nominator for the Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Mr. Barrett Bates, and her superintendent, Dr. Tim Garland.

Miss Brenda Bowman on the floor of the Indiana House of Representatives with Representative Bill Friend.

Miss Brenda Bowman on the floor of the Indiana House of Representatives with Representative Bill Friend. Miss Bowman was honored by a Joint Resolution honoring her for her commitment and excellence as an educator by members of the House.

Miss Brenda Bowman, ISRSA 2016-17 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year as she was honored in the Indiana Senate. L to R: Dr. Tim Garland - Superintendent, Southeastern School Corporation, Miss Brenda Bowman - Indiana 2016-17 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Senator Randy Head, Mr. Barrett Bates - Principal Galveston Elementary School, Mr. Michael Jones, ISRSA Board of Directors and Superintendent Switzerland County Schools.

Miss Brenda Bowman, ISRSA 2016-17 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year as she was honored in the Indiana Senate. L to R: Dr. Tim Garland – Superintendent, Southeastern School Corporation, Miss Brenda Bowman – Indiana 2016-17 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Senator Randy Head, Mr. Barrett Bates – Principal Galveston Elementary School, Mr. Michael Jones, ISRSA Board of Directors and Superintendent Switzerland County Schools.

 

 

 

ISRSA LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON
FEBRUARY 15, 2017

The Indiana Small and Rural Schools Association held its Fifth Annual Legislative Luncheon on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.  This year, the ISRSA partnered with the North Central Indiana School Study Council, who joined in our day’s activities.  We had a record attendance of 43 ISRSA members, guests and speakers along with 14 members of the Indiana General Assembly!  Our thanks to presenters Denny Costerison – IASBO, Joel Hand – ICPE, Brian Smith – ISBA, and Tim McRoberts – ISRSA Legislative Liaison/ISPA, asn terry Spradlin, ENA.  MCs for the pre-luncheon information session were John Hill – NCISSC and Scott Turney – ISRSA.  Lawmakers later joined the group for lunch and discussions on rural educational topics pertaining to the 2017 Indiana General Assembly.  Please see some pictures below of our activities at the Indianapolis Embassy Suites.  The ISRSA and NCISSC thank our lawmakers for joining us, for their interest, and and listening!

Pic 1 John Hill Group Pic 6 Group Pic 5 Group Pic 4 Group Pic 3 Group Pic 2 Denny Costerison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 NREA ANNUAL

CONFERENCE
COLUMBUS, OHIO
OCTOBER 13-15, 2016

Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Miss Brenda Bowman (far left) was recognized as a finalist for National Rural Teacher of the Year during the recent NREA Annual Conference

Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Miss Brenda Bowman (far left) was recognized as a finalist for National Rural Teacher of the Year during the recent NREA Annual Conference

ISRSA Executive Director and 2016 President of NREA, Scott Turney, presents a parting gift to NREA Executive Director, John Hill, who will be leaving his post December 31, 2016

ISRSA Executive Director and 2016 President of NREA, Scott Turney, presents a parting gift to NREA Executive Director, John Hill, who will be leaving his post December 31, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT ARE  IMPLICATIONS FROM ESSA
FOR SMALL AND RURAL SCHOOLS?

AASA and the National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition (NREAC) work closely in Washington, DC.
Together, we lobby as a voice on federal issues for small and rural schools.

Please visit a new resource page on the AASA website, among which is a section on how ESSA will impact small and rural schools.  Keep this website close, as this resource is a living document and will be up-dated, added to, and changed as new information  on ESSA becomes available.

Access the website:  Click Here

 

ISRSA 2016 ANNUAL MEETING
September 26, 2016

 

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach for the US Dept. of Ed, Lucy Johnson, addresses the ISRSA Annual Meeting

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach for the US Dept. of Ed, Lucy Johnson, addresses the ISRSA Annual Meeting

 

2014-2016 President Lynn Reed passes the Gavel to new ISRSA President, Tracy Caddell

2014-2016 President Lynn Reed passes the Gavel to new ISRSA President, Tracy Caddell

Katrina Hall presents ISRSA Rural Teacher of the Year, Brenda Bowman, with a check for $1000 during our ISRSA Annual Meeting

Katrina Hall presents ISRSA Rural Teacher of the Year, Brenda Bowman, with a check for $1000 during our ISRSA Annual Meeting

CONGRATULATIONS!
2016-2017 INDIANA RURAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR

MISS BRENDA BOWMAN
SOUTHEASTERN SCHOOL CORP.  —   GALVESTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Members of the Indiana Small and Rural Schools Association and Indiana Farm Bureau recently surprised our ISRSA 2016-17 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Miss Brenda Bowman, with a visit and announcement in her home school of Galveston Elementary School.  Miss Bowman is a 32 year veteran teacher, currently teaching 4th grade.  Miss Bowman will receive a $1000 award from our partner Indiana Farm Bureau and will represent Indiana teachers as the ISRSA nominee for the NREA Monsanto Foundation Rural Teacher of the Year during the 2016 NREA Annual Conference on the campus of Ohio State University, October 13-15, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.
(learn more about this conference by CLICKING HERE)

2016-2017 ISRSA Rural Teacher of the Year Miss Brenda Bowman, 4th Grade Teacher, Galveston Elementary School, Southeastern School Corporation

2016-2017 ISRSA Rural Teacher of the Year
Miss Brenda Bowman, 4th Grade Teacher, Galveston Elementary School, Southeastern School Corporation

Miss Bowman is congratulated by her students following the surprise convocation at Galveston Elementary School, Galveston, IN

Miss Bowman is congratulated by her students following the surprise convocation at Galveston Elementary School, Galveston, IN

Attending the recent announcement of the 2016-17 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year were: L to R - Mr. Barrett Bates, Principal Galveston Elementary School, Mr. Dan Foster, ISRSA Board Member and Superintendent, Eastern Pulaski Schools, Dr. Tracy Caddell, ISRSA Vice-President and Supt. Eastern Howard Schools, Miss Brenda Bowman 2016-2016 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Isabella Chism, Indiana Farm Bureau, Mr. Ryan Zeck, President, Board of Education, Southeastern School Corp.

Attending the recent announcement of the 2016-17 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year were: L to R – Mr. Barrett Bates, Principal Galveston Elementary School, Mr. Dan Foster, ISRSA Board Member and Superintendent, Eastern Pulaski Schools, Dr. Tracy Caddell, ISRSA Vice-President and Supt. Eastern Howard Schools, Miss Brenda Bowman 2016-2016 Indiana Rural Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Isabella Chism, Indiana Farm Bureau, Mr. Ryan Zeck, President, Board of Education, Southeastern School Corp.


 

 

 

 


INDIANA UNIVERSITY PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE
MARCH, 2016, THRIVING COMMUNITIES, THRIVING STATE
“RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THRIVING RURAL COMMUNITIES”

Thriving Communities, Thriving State is a Policy Choices project of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute.  Informed by a representative group of community leaders and other stakeholders, it explores state and local strategies and policies that can help Indiana communities of all sizes thrive and fulfill their critical roles in attracting businesses, new business investment, and workers to Indiana.
Instead of examining local issues on a one-size-fits-all basis, Thriving Communities, Thriving State frames Indiana’s changing demographic and economic realities for three kinds of communities:
• Urban
• Mid-sized
• Rural/small town

To view the March, 2016, report on “Recommendations for Thriving Rural Communities” – CLICK HERE

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