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GUEST COMMENTARY: New education standards are an improvement

GUEST COMMENTARY: New education standards are an improvement

The national debate over Common Core State Standards has intensified in recent months as several states have begun rejecting the standards in favor of drafting their own. Indiana was the first. Our actions have been mischaracterized for several reasons, many of them political.

September 02, 2014 12:00 am

TONY LUX: Elect candidates with new election reform priority

The latest reports on the new Indiana education standards reveal another legislative fiasco of ineffective and financially irresponsible education reform.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
State ed board approves Common Core replacement

State ed board approves Common Core replacement

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana State Board of Education adopted new state standards for math and English/language arts Monday in Indianapolis.

April 28, 2014 2:00 pm Photos

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Final draft of new education standards released

INDIANAPOLIS | The final draft of Indiana's proposed education standards is available online for public viewing.

April 15, 2014 10:53 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: With Common Core, teaching styles must change

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: With Common Core, teaching styles must change

If you follow the recent trends in school education, you should be aware of our latest national initiative, Common Core State Standards. These standards were recommended and designed to support a consistent and rigorous national curriculum that would relate to practical issues and support st…

March 23, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Did legislators place bad bet on Common Core?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Did legislators place bad bet on Common Core?

A comedian once observed the reasoning behind the term “horse sense” is that horses don’t bet on people.

February 20, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Protect local school autonomy for durable reform

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Protect local school autonomy for durable reform

We’re easily approaching some of the most exciting times in the history of public education.

February 16, 2014 12:00 am

TONY LUX: Teachers aren't only factor in learning

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.

January 09, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: A different education agenda for Pence

EDITORIAL: A different education agenda for Pence

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's 2014 education agenda is aggressive, to say the least.

December 22, 2013 12:00 am Related
Pence education agenda promotes charter schools, job training

Pence education agenda promotes charter schools, job training

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's schools would minimize constitutionally mandated focus on general "knowledge and learning," and become worker training centers from the earliest grades under an agenda announced Tuesday by Gov. Mike Pence.

December 10, 2013 3:50 pm Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Schools' A-F grading system must be fair

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.

December 01, 2013 12:00 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

GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana must embrace Common Core for growth

The United States was originally not so united when 13 colonies defeated a powerful British army to secure our independence. As all states are responsible for educating their citizenry, we now have a 50-headed monster that has no chance against determined emerging superpowers like China and …

October 15, 2013 12:00 am

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
GUEST COMMENTARY: My vision for Indiana's educational system

GUEST COMMENTARY: My vision for Indiana's educational system

The Times recently published a political cartoon that stated, “School reform will continue with Glenda Ritz as the new driver.” That cartoon inspired me to write this letter to the citizens of Indiana.

August 27, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Bennett scandal threatens school accountability reforms

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.

August 25, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Remember reason for Common Core standards

The review of Common Core State Standards, as applied to Indiana, has begun. It is a familiar battle, having been fought once before.

August 19, 2013 12:00 am
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August 11, 2013 12:00 am

Grade scandal casts shadow over education reform in Indiana

Some educators believe the investigation into the state's school grading system casts a shadow over education reform in Indiana.

August 11, 2013 12:00 am
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