PUBLIC RELATIONS AND INFORMATION OFFICER – HOW CAN THIS PERSON HELP?
We have retitled an existing position to Public Relations and Information Officer. We have not added a position but realigned job responsibilities to continue the work and be cost effective. There has been no additional cost to the Corporation.
Just a brief overview to assist with the big picture of public education today; Public Schools have been confronted with dwindling revenue. In addition, competition in the form of vouchers has been created by our legislators where money follows the child to public, private or charter schools. Voucher money is now diverted to other nonpublic schools. The public school funding formula has a piece called the “Complexity Index” that is a multiplier that affords school corporations with higher poverty additional revenue. This legislative session, the “Complexity Index” is at risk because suburban school corporations, that educate in some cases no children from poverty, want that money. Rather than raising the revenue for all schools our legislators are looking to give the same amount of money to all corporations. This equal funding will present great un-equalness to our children of poverty who so desperately need additional resources, opportunities, and personnel.
Data to communicate clearly to the public and legislators the need to maintain and grow our funding particularly for children of poverty is immediate.
Also, we will continue to work with legislators to help them understand that children of poverty must have additional resources to be successful.