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- Keynote speaker Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction.
- Julie Woestehoff of PURE: Parents United for Responsible Education, an affiliate of Parents Across America
- Maureen Reedy, former candidate for the Ohio legislature and Ohio Teacher of the Year (2002).
Supporting Public Education
The meeting was an opportunity for the community to share concerns about the attacks on public schools. There was also discussion on what can be done to strengthen public education in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan, but to also influence change throughout the United States.
Saturday's meeting included parents, teachers and education administrators from [Indiana,] Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. It was set up because parents and school leaders are tired of losing taxpayer dollars to charter schools. It's an issue that people have seen in states across the country....school leaders are networking to discuss what tools work in the classroom, and unite teachers from coast-to-coast...
"What can we do collectively, as a Midwest or nation, to have this rise of people realize this is a giant issue," said Al Jacquay, the president of the Fort Wayne Education Association. "People need to be involved and engaged to help save our local schools."