Education Council announces forum

Education Council announces forum 

Scottsburg event designed to discuss the State of Education in Indiana       

The Ninth District Democratic Party through its Education Council has announced that it will host “A Forum on the State of Education in Indiana” on Thursday, April 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Mid America Science Park located at 821 S. Lake Road S in Scottsburg, Indiana. The event is free and open to the public. 

“The future of public education is at a critical turning point,” stated Education Council Co-Chair Erica Lawrence. “Our public education system faces teacher shortages, financial inequities, high teacher to student ratios, and curriculum concerns. This forum will discuss these and other challenges.” 

The event will feature a panel of state and regional education experts including State Senator Shelli Yoder, ISTA District Council President Samantha Pierce, and retired Switzerland County School Superintendent Mike Jones. Lawrence, who is also a public school principal, will serve as moderator for the event. 

“The critical question is how do we ensure our students receive the best quality education possible,” said Lawrence. “This forum is an opportunity for the public to learn, engage, and suggest ways we might improve the outlook.” 

Ninth District Chair Adam Dickey agreed with Lawrence and is proud of the work the Education Council has undertaken since its creation earlier this year. Lead by Lawrence and her fellow Co-Chair Kristi Charbonneau, the Council consists of educators, students, public officials, parents and other interested parties from across the Ninth District working to advise the party on education policy and foster connections between the Democratic Party and members of the educational community.  

“Our party recognizes the critical role education plays in the lives of our fellow Hoosiers and we want to take advantage of every opportunity to support and uplift public education in our District,” said Dickey. “Particularly when you consider some of the extremist policies proposed in the last legislative session – everything from book bans to burdensome requirements on teachers and the development of curriculum – it is cause for concern and we hope this is a first step toward bringing folks together on this issue.” 

For more information on the event, you can visit the Ninth District Democratic Party website at or contact 812-725-2018.  


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