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The K-12 Funding Crisis Hits Home

February 17, 2010 –7:00 p.m.

Bloomington High School North – Auditorium

Recent changes in Indiana’s funding formula for K-12 education have created an unprecedented crisis in public school funding.  The Monroe County Community School Corporation must reduce expenditures from its general fund by $4.5 million in 2010.  The outlook for future years is no less disheartening.  Compounded, budget cuts in the next several years have the potential to drastically affect our schools and our students.

Join us on February 17th to learn how MCCSC will address budget shortfalls.  Superintendent John T. Coopman will help us understand what brings us to this point and the impact of reduced funding on our educational system.  Following his comments, Bob Zaltsberg will lead a panel of community leaders in discussing:

  • What role the community can play in supporting educators and teachers during these difficult times?
  • What potential solutions can be created for addressing the long term funding issues of public education?
  • How we can ensure acceptable educational outcomes for kids in the face of severe budget constraints?

The panel will include:

  • Mayor Mark Kruzan, City of Bloomington
  • Senator Vi Simpson, Indiana District 40
  • Patrick Stoffers, County Commissioner
  • Ron Walker, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation
  • Rep. Peggy Welch, Indiana District 60
  • John T. Coopman,  MCCSC Superintendent of Schools

For more information, contact Tina Peterson, Executive Director of the Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools, at tpeterso@mccsc.edu or visit www.mccsfoundation.org.   Childcare will be provided.

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