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Red for Ed: Retired teachers share their motivation to march

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC)  –  November 19, 2019 will mark eight months since the passing of public education advocate Phyllis Bush. That’s the same day more than 13,000 people are expected to head to Indianapolis to take part in the“Red for Ed”  rally.

In 2011, Phyllis and Donna Roof started to notice big changes in public education.  They formed a group called Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education.  “I think she would just be amazed at the outpouring of support for public education,” Roof says.

Roof and two other members of the group, Anne Duff and Terry Springer, will travel together to Indianapolis to be at the rally Tuesday.  They are all retired teachers who share concerns for their fellow teachers still in the profession.  They hope to convince lawmakers to increase funding for public education, reduce class sizes and “bring the joy back to teaching.” They will be wearing pins with a picture of Phyllis and the phrase “we love public schools” because she is their motivation to march.

Read Donna Roof’s tribute to Phyllis.

Tom Powell

Tom Powell is the co-anchor of Fort Wayne’s NBC News at 5, 6 and 11 with Linda Jackson. Tom is also the Assistant News Director at Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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