Indiana MEA

IMEA advocacy webpage:

President: Michelle Oyler (
Executive Director: Gary Wallyn (


Indiana Contact Call

Aug 2011 – Indiana MEA is collaborating with the Indiana Department of Education on the topic of music teacher evaluations. IMEA Executive Director Gary Wallyn requested assistance with the development of a new logo.  He also asked about strategies to increase membership, and we provided him with our member benefits.


Indiana Department of Education






Political Landscape

Governor: Mitch Daniels (R)
State Senate: Republicans 37 – Democrats 13
State House: Republicans 60 – Democrats 40

U.S. Senate: Republicans 2 – Democrats 0
U.S. House of Representatives:  Republicans 6 – Democrats 3

Hot Topics

  • Teacher evaluation (discussions with IN DOE very positive)





Articles & Sites of Interest

Proposed Budget Includes Deep Education Cuts (Jan 14, 2011 – Indiana Public Media)
Governor Daniels’ proposed budget flatlines almost all spending and cuts money to schools and higher educationState Budget Director Adam Horst presented a nearly $13.8 billion two year budget proposal from the Daniels administration to the state budget committee Thursday. State budget officials are calling the budget proposal a spending freeze as compared to what’s been spent during the current two year budget.  However, the state spent $3 billion less than was actually appropriated when revenues fell far short of projections.  Sixty-four percent of those cuts were to state agencies.  Another 26% came from K through 12 education, and 10% of the budget cuts came from higher education, which could see an additional 9% cut in state funding from what they got in 2009.

Indiana Art Education Advocacy Action Blog
• Contains arts education talking points for calling Indiana state legislators
“As you read this, Indiana State Legislators are formulating the state budget for the next two years. They need to hear your voice as they formulate the state budget on the importance of adequately funding public schools.”

Political Fight Over Unions Escalates (Feb 22, 2011 – Wall Street Journal)
The clash between Republicans and unions that caught fire in Wisconsin last week escalated Monday: Labor leaders planned to take their protests to dozens of other capitals and Democrats in a second state considered a walkout to stall bills that would limit union power. The protests have ignited a wider national debate over the role of labor unions and who should shoulder sacrifices as states scramble to tackle yawning budget deficits. Governors in both political parties are looking for union concessions as they struggle to balance budgets. Some are pushing aggressively to curtail the power of unions to organize or collect dues. In Indiana, a House committee on Monday approved legislation to change state law so that private-sector workers no longer would be required to pay dues or belong to a union that bargains on their behalf. Unions say this would erode union membership, and eventually their finances and political clout, if workers decided not to join or pay dues. Supporters say the change would make the state more competitive and attract employers. In Indiana currently, if a union bargains for a group of employees at a workplace, all workers covered by the contract must belong to the union. Indiana’s Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels has aggressively gone after the state’s public-sector unions, taking away their collective-bargaining rights on his first day in office in 2005. He is also pushing the state legislature this session to weaken tenure protection for teachers. But he has opposed the right-to-work bill that is now stirring anger in Indianapolis, fearing it would distract from his main legislative priorities. Republican and Democratic leaders and strategists appear to be relishing the broadening fight over labor unions, feeling it is energizing their core supporters and clarifying key differences between the two parties. 

Indiana Senate leader says right-to-work bill is dead (Feb. 23, 2011 – Indianapolis Star)
Republicans have killed a controversial labor bill that has sparked a Democrat work-stoppage and large union protests at the Statehouse. But Democrats say that isn’t enough to get them back to the Statehouse. House Democrats are going to stand strong and won’t return to the state until Gov. Mitch Daniels and House Speaker Brian Bosma assure them they won’t resurrect four additional labor measures and six education billsAt the top of the list, he said, is one that would use tax dollars to fund private-school tuitionRepublicans say they will not give in, though they have agreed to put off the right-to-work issue. Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said that he, Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Daniels all agree that the matter instead should be studied by a legislative committee later this year. The so-called “right to work” bill would bar companies and unions from negotiating a contract that would require non-union employees to pay a fee for representation. Last night they issued a statement saying they had concerns about 11 bills, including other labor-related bills, education reforms and the proposed next state budget. They singled out two in particular: the right-to-work bill and one which lets state tax dollars pay for private school tuition for some families.


Next Class of Teachers Enters Changing Profession ( – May 14, 2012)
Every 15 minutes, the buzzer sounds at Ball State University’s Worthen Arena. But there’s no basketball game. The circular concourse outside the court is filled with 300 prospective teachers and 54 representatives of school districts and private educational companies looking to hire them. It’s three days before graduation and students at Indiana’s largest-teacher producing college have 15 minutes to state their case to prospective employers before the buzzer sounds again and their time is up…(read more)