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Rauner education plan would change funding formula

CHICAGO | The debate over education took the spotlight in Illinois governor's race Monday, with Republican Bruce Rauner proposing overhauls to teacher tenure and the state's school funding formula, which Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate called "reckless."

September 08, 2014 10:15 pm
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: End of No Child Left Behind is opportunity to look forward

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: End of No Child Left Behind is opportunity to look forward

As the summer quickly comes to an end, educators, parents and students have started to gear up for another school year. For most of us, students included, this is an exciting time full of anticipation, wonder and hope. As an educator, I share these thoughts and expectations with my colleague…

August 03, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: I beseech Ritz to work with state board

GUEST COMMENTARY: I beseech Ritz to work with state board

In 2011,the Indiana State Board of Education directed then Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett to pursue a waiver on the state's behalf from the federal law known as No Child Left Behind (Elementary and Secondary Education Act). No Child Left Behind mandated that Indiana school…

July 23, 2014 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Legislation affects federal NCLB waiver

Last month, I vowed to preserve and extend Indiana’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver from certain aspects of No Child Left Behind. Because Indiana schools rely upon the flexibility of federal dollars afforded to them through the waiver, it is important that Indiana extend its waiver.

June 09, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Indiana gets schooled on NCLB waiver

EDITORIAL: Indiana gets schooled on NCLB waiver

Indiana's No Child Left Behind waiver is at risk, the U.S. Department of Education has said. Indiana must take this warning seriously.

May 11, 2014 12:00 am Related

Quinn, Rauner spar on education in 1st 2014 event

CHICAGO | Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner held little back in their first meeting of the 2014 campaign, with Rauner telling an influential teachers union that Quinn has broken his promises on issues from school funding to taxes, and the governor calling his …

April 12, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Hoosiers need to get behind STEM education

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hoosiers need to get behind STEM education

Indiana has struggled to recover from the Great Recession.

April 08, 2014 12:00 am

TONY LUX: Where is public outrage over education legislation?

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 …

March 11, 2014 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cold winds blow from Mother Nature, Legislature

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…

March 02, 2014 12:00 am

TONY LUX: Responsible public education policy ignored

Indiana legislation continues along the path of discriminatory preference for private and religious interests while public education performance continues to be negatively misrepresented.

February 14, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Choose school wisely, hold schools accountable

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.

February 05, 2014 12:05 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Here's my contribution toward improving education

Indiana’s students and schools have made great progress in recent years. According to the latest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Indiana is improving at the second-fastest rate of any state in the country. We owe this progress to the hard work of our students, te…

November 15, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Students would fare better with mentors' help

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Students would fare better with mentors' help

Schools are some of the most complex organizations to lead and support. A multifaceted corps of individuals (administrators, teachers, nonteaching personnel, maintenance staff, others) organize around schools goals in order to support the needs of their students.

November 10, 2013 12:00 am

State school board member to take listening tour

INDIANAPOLIS | The newly appointed at-large member of the state's Board of Education plans to tour Indiana starting next month to better understand the needs and concerns of teachers and parents.

October 28, 2013 8:30 pm

Expert claims state education changes harming economic development

INDIANAPOLIS | A former region schools leader delivered to state lawmakers Wednesday a blistering critique of recent changes to Indiana education policy and their negative impacts on economic development.

October 09, 2013 1:57 pm
GOP-linked state school board member stays 'independent'

GOP-linked state school board member stays 'independent'

INDIANAPOLIS | The governor's office is standing by its claim a State Board of Education member with longstanding ties to the Republican Party is an independent, even though another member's recent resignation would permit him to serve openly as a Republican.

September 29, 2013 11:15 pm Photos


'Independent' has lengthy GOP background

'Independent' has lengthy GOP background

INDIANAPOLIS | The State Board of Education appears to be operating with more Republican members than permitted under Indiana law.

September 08, 2013 10:15 pm Photos


GUEST COMMENTARY: Abandonment of public schools isn't working

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…

September 08, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: School voucher doesn't guarantee quality

Parents who use school vouchers must do what's right for their children, but don't automatically assume a private school is better without doing your homework.

August 28, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Don't expand scope of school vouchers

While we're glad the Indiana Supreme Court upheld Indiana's school voucher law, we're not in a rush to see that law expanded.

April 01, 2013 12:00 am
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