Elected School Board
Last year, for the first time in decades, East Chicagoans were able to vote for their representatives on the School Board. In the November election, voters rejected two of the three members of that School Board -- members appointed by the current mayor.
VALPARAISO | Hoping to rekindle interest in the petition drive to change the city's School Board to an elected body, organizers are taking the campaign to the Web.
The School City of East Chicago's new elected board has been sworn in. This is a reform that is long overdue.
Of the 293 school corporations in Indiana, 281 have elected school boards. Of the remaining 12 districts, Valparaiso Community Schools is the largest with an appointed board.
If there's one thing Valparaiso people don't want to be accused of, it's Chicago-style politics. But guess what? The two cities do have something in common after all — a school board filled with political appointees.
One myth consistently put forward when discussing the merits of an appointed versus elected school board is that an elected board would introduce politics into the educational process. It is not a question of politics, but more a question of accountability.
As East Chicago prepares for its first school board election, the Porter County Council has added its voice in support of requiring an elected, rather than appointed, Valparaiso School Board. It's a good call.
Candidates for the Valparaiso School Board seeking appointment by the Valparaiso City Council said last week that having to face the voters might discourage them from running for that office. While that's interesting, it isn't a valid argument against an elected school board.
VALPARAISO | The group circulating petitions for an elected Valparaiso School Board now hopes to wrap up the campaign at the end of July, but who would run for the job if it was elected instead of appointed?
There is a movement afoot to make the Valparaiso School Board an elected board. This is a position that has long been supported by this newspaper and will continue to be supported. Why? Because it is taxpayers' money and they should have the right to elect who they want to be the steward of …
Requirement clarified: A story in some Friday editions incorrectly reported a requirement for signing a petition related to the Valparaiso Community Schools board.
VALPARAISO | The group circulating petitions to change to an elected School Board for Valparaiso schools is taking the advice it has been giving the schools: It is seeking more public input.
VALPARAISO | Anyone interested in signing a petition supporting a switch to an elected School Board in Valparaiso or in helping with the petition drive can contact Kevin Cornett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (219) 548-8891.
VALPARAISO | Volunteers hope to gather enough signatures by mid-May to pursue a seven-member elected board for Valparaiso Community Schools.
Valparaiso and Duneland officials are right to pursue plans for referendums to raise more money for the school districts, just as Crown Point has already done.
EAST CHICAGO | In the eight months that he's been mayor, Anthony Copeland said he's heard more complaints about the school system than he has about the city's $15 million deficit.
It is refreshing to see that East Chicago residents soon will have the ability to hold their elected School Board members accountable. It is one of the reforms East Chicago has needed. It is a reform Valparaiso needs as well.
East Chicago is a historical city, but it's also a city with a nasty history when it comes to politics. Democratic voters must choose the mayoral candidate who has proved he wants to change that pattern.
One of the local government reforms East Chicago needs is an elected school board. It's time for the Indiana General Assembly to make this happen.
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