As the 2014 legislative session comes to a close, legislative trends and efforts are clearly earmarked by examples of discrimination, favoritism for religious interests and increased profit making for businesses and investors at the expense of public education. Here are some questions about …
First the corporate education reformers came for our local control through property tax caps, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't paying attention. I didn't know that changing the funding from property tax to state sales/income tax would harm my schools. I was running carpool.
There have been two winds blowing at public education over the last several weeks. The first has been the very cold and snowy wind, which have caused many schools to delay or cancel schools. This decision, never an easy one, has been made by superintendents across Northwest Indiana to keep s…
Indiana legislation continues along the path of discriminatory preference for private and religious interests while public education performance continues to be negatively misrepresented.
Ambassador Christian Academy in Gary, which has 257 students using Choice Scholarship Program vouchers — the highest in the state — is an F school under Indiana's A-F grading system for school accountability.
The most recent release of school grades continues to reveal poor grades for schools in high poverty areas (traditional public and charter). It should not be a surprise.
The latest A-F school accountability grades in Indiana are finally out, accompanied by the customary grumbling or bragging.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's 2014 education agenda is aggressive, to say the least.
Gov. Mike Pence’s assault on the state’s public school system apparently is headed for the fast track.
When the baby boomers were in school, the expectation at home was to do well in school. Doing well was defined as performing sufficiently academically and behaviorally. Failure would have significant consequences.
Finally, someone said it.
Recent revelations concerning former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett instructing his associates to raise the letter grade for Christel House Charter School (as well as several other charter schools) reveals a desperate act to prove success for an inherently flawed c…
Psst! You guys in Hollywood are missing out on a great film that continues to unfold in Indiana.
After Associated Press reporter Tom LoBianco's story about Tony Bennett’s manipulation of the A-F school grading system concerning Christel House Academy and another 12 charter schools, school accountability measures enacted during the past four years came under scrutiny.
DOLTON | The operators of several Chicago charter schools wanting to expand to the south suburbs said Monday they see themselves as being in cooperation — rather than competition — with existing public schools.
I guess Tony Bennett is asking us to feel sorry for him.
The Tony Bennett grade-changing scandal has the nation's education community talking excitedly about how Indiana's former superintendent of public instruction handled school accountability.
The July 31 edition of the Roundtable begins with the AP's story on how former Indiana school superintendent Tony Bennett changed the grade of failing school run by a key Republican donor.
Proponents of traditional public schools are upset about the Indiana General Assembly forgiving startup loans for charter schools — even schools that failed. They make a good point.
In an Indiana General Assembly session where so much could have been done for K-12 public schools, the super majorities in the House and Senate let those opportunities slip through their fingers.
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