EDITORIAL: A new era begins in East Chicago

2013-01-09T00:00:00Z EDITORIAL: A new era begins in East Chicago nwitimes.com
January 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The School City of East Chicago's new elected board has been sworn in. This is a reform that is long overdue.

Prior to this new board, the city's School Board members were all political appointees. Now Valparaiso has the only Northwest Indiana school board not subject to direct election by the people they represent.

The new East Chicago School Board members have their work cut out for them. The district has been making progress, but it has a long way to go.

The Indiana Department of Education gave the school district an F on its accountability report card each of the last three years. Only about 55 percent of students passed the state's English/language arts end of course assessment, and just over 57 percent passed the math assessment.

The district's graduation rate is 67 percent, well under the state average. According to this measure, one-third of the district's students fail to accomplish this basic  achievement.

In another measure, less than 40 percent of the district's students leave school ready for college or career.

East Chicago has a high percentage of its students failing to learn adequately. That's a serious problem that must be addressed.

The school district already has a strategic plan in place and already is making progress, albeit slowly, to achieve its goals.

The newly elected School Board's responsibility includes making sure the faculty and staff have all the training and tools necessary to educate children well. It must hold the administration and faculty accountable.

Likewise, the voters must hold the School Board members accountable.

Having an elected board is both a privilege and a responsibility. It is now up to East Chicago residents to offer guidance to these elected board members and hold them accountable. Praise them when they earn it, and boot them out of office when that's warranted.

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Latest Local Offers

Need Your Drains Cleaned?

Jack & Vernon's Septic Service is here to help you out! We…

Featured Businesses

Submit a Letter to Editor

We welcome letters from readers on any issue of public interest, and make every effort to publish as many as we can and in a timely manner. The Times will publish only one letter a month from a writer, and be sure to include your name, address and a telephone number for verification. Letters should be 150 words or less. They will be edited.

Letters may be submitted:
  • Via our submission form.
  • Via e-mail.
  • Via fax: (219) 933-3249 or (219) 465-7298
  • Via mail or by hand to our offices:
    • 601 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321
    • 2080 N. Main St., Crown Point, IN 46307
    • 1111 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso, IN 46383
    • 3410 Delta Dr., Portage, IN 46368
    • Please mark envelopes with "Attn: Letters"

Questions?

Email Editorial Page Editor Doug Ross or call (219) 548-4360 or (219) 933-3357

Poll

Loading…

How would you characterize race relations in the region?

View Results