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GUEST COMMENTARY: What Chicago's strike taught Indiana's teachers

GUEST COMMENTARY: What Chicago's strike taught Indiana's teachers

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel settled a labor contract with the Chicago teachers’ union after an eight-day strike. Teachers were happy to secure concessions limiting a school reform program they said would harm students and cost teachers jobs. Emanuel walked away with a teacher evaluation syste…

September 26, 2012 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: If the Colts were run like the public schools

Even months later I still am hopping mad at the Colts. I am angry because they didn't make Annual Yearly Progress. Not all their subgroups passed.

May 19, 2010 12:00 am

A new approach to education funding

The Indiana Policy Review Foundation has released the results of an 18-month research study of the administrative central office and school board costs of all 29 public school districts in the Third Congressional District in Indiana.

November 18, 2009 12:00 am

'Perfect storm' is brewing in education

It made a great movie. In October 1991, a northeaster created by three merging storms combined with other factors so rare that the situation could not possibly have been worse. This "Perfect Storm" created waves 10 stories high and winds of 120 miles an hour.

June 03, 2009 12:00 am

Presidential race leaves school reform behind

Many Americans believe the nation's public education system is broken and needs repair. John McCain joins the chorus of critics by announcing "the deplorable status of preparation for our children ..." and believes that public schools are "safe havens for the uninspired and unaccountable." B…

September 03, 2008 12:00 am

An IDEA turns special ed lessons into the Blob

Back in 1958 a movie called "The Blob" was released. A mysterious creature from another planet resembling a giant blob of jelly landed on earth and kept getting larger and larger and devoured more and more people as it grew.

February 06, 2008 12:00 am

Reform is silver lining in school consolidation

The sun had not set the day the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform issued its report "Streamlining Local Government" before the education special-interest groups voiced their disapproval.

January 09, 2008 12:00 am

Base school decisions on facts, not emotions

Indiana has a petition-remonstrance process that allows local taxpayers a say in whether a proposed bond issue will be allowed to proceed. Less than one-half of such remonstrances, however, are won by protesting taxpayers.

November 28, 2007 12:00 am

Will your school corporation's debt exceed capacity?

It is often difficult for patrons of an Indiana public school district to determine from media reports or even from the district's Web site whether their local school board has enough information to consider in sufficient depth the economic impact of a bond issue on its community.

March 29, 2007 12:00 am
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