The House of Representatives is currently debating a proposal, House Bill (HB) 1315, that would further strip power from the Gary School Board. In addition to another power grab from the Board, HB 1315 also allows the emergency manager to fire teachers before Sept. 30 of a given school year. I want my constituents to know that I am following this legislation closely and will do everything in my power to halt the progression of this bill should it make it to the Senate.

The ultimate success of Gary schools is of the utmost importance to me and I will keep fighting at the Statehouse to do anything I can to ensure our children are receiving the best education possible. Our children and our community deserve it.

If you want to get involved in the legislative process there are a few different things you can do. First, read the bill and follow it as it progresses through the legislature. HB 1315 has been approved by the House Ways and Means Committee and can now be considered for 2nd reading, where amendments can be made, as early as today. Secondly, you can contact your State Representative (Republican | Democrat) and tell them how you feel this proposal will adversely impact our community. If you aren’t sure who your representative is, find out here.

Not just in this instance, but anytime legislation is under consideration, it is extremely important that your legislators hear your voice on proposals. Whether you are in support or against a bill, it is helpful for legislators to hear the direct impact their actions can have on community members.

Besides HB 1315, I am keeping a close eye on other legislation in both the Senate and the House that may have an affect on Senate District 3.