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GUEST COMMENTARY: End petty bickering, focus on early learning

GUEST COMMENTARY: End petty bickering, focus on early learning

In the 38 years I spent at the front of a classroom, I’ve undoubtedly seen this type of behavior before. Not getting what they want, a student chooses to sulk and do everything in their power to disrupt what’s going on around them. It’s expected from grade-schoolers. It’s something else alto…

December 27, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Expanding opportunities for our school principals

GUEST COMMENTARY: Expanding opportunities for our school principals

Ensuring our public school principals have the skills and tools they need to be successful is essential to student achievement and creating a job-ready workforce.

July 25, 2013 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Higher ed flexibility meets quality in Indiana

I applaud the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for its just-released agenda: Reaching Higher, Achieving More -- an ambitious new strategic plan targeted at doubling the number of college degrees in Indiana. The plan calls for a higher education system in our state that is mission-driv…

March 28, 2012 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana needs to develop pre-K benchmarks

When the nation was transforming elementary and secondary education as the result of the national incentive ladened educational initiative known as "Race to the Top," Indiana wasn't even in contention to receive funding because our state lacks a comprehensive early childhood education plan. …

February 27, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Get involved in school improvement effort

GUEST COMMENTARY: Get involved in school improvement effort

Preparing children for college and careers is essential for every community's future. Unfortunately, 18 schools, including five in Lake County, have been identified as underperforming schools. Heading into their sixth consecutive year of academic probation, these schools now face state inter…

June 13, 2011 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Work to leverage mass transit opportunities

Northwest Indiana was the region long before "region" became a buzzword. We've learned to work together and leverage our proximity to Chicago while maintaining our importance in Indianapolis. Now, as development efforts expand, we need to plan as the region.

November 21, 2010 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: All students need equal access to quality teachers

Today marks the 56th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which ended the practice of racial segregation for black students. The unanimous court decision ruled it unconstitutional to deny black children equal educational opportunities…

May 17, 2010 12:00 am

Advise and consent powers needed in Indiana

Those taxes are allocated to various state agencies to provide important government services such as educating our children, protecting our citizens, building and maintaining roads and infrastructure, enforcing environmental laws and operating state prisons, parks and other facilities.

January 27, 2006 12:00 am

Local support critical to commuter rail success

Gov. Joe Kernan has stated he would support an effort to extend commuter rail to Valparaiso and Lowell if there is a clear local consensus.

November 16, 2003 12:00 am

Editorial misinterpreted legislation's intent

In a recent editorial ("Shuffling the Gambling Revenue Deck" on July 17), The Times reported that I am attempting to "strip mayors of their control over millions of dollars in gambling revenue."

July 19, 2002 12:00 am
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