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July was a blitz of guest commentaries from the governor’s State Board of Education and his “shadow department of education” (known as the Center for Education and Career Innovation) appointees to influence the public that Glenda Ritz is the problem and not them.
Derek Redelman of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce recently claimed school counselors aren’t meeting student needs regarding preparation for college and careers. His source of information is a survey conducted by the chamber regarding how much time school counselors spend on various school duties.
How many parents would be comfortable having a relatively unknown, untrained and untested adult, with no previous teaching experience of any kind, take over their child’s classroom and even run their school and school system? I’m guessing not many. But this is exactly what Indiana is prepari…
The latest reports on the new Indiana education standards reveal another legislative fiasco of ineffective and financially irresponsible education reform.
Does anyone else think much of the verbiage and some legislation coming from some state officials involves the creation of goblins and bogeymen about which the public is supposed to be afraid?
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 …
Indiana legislation continues along the path of discriminatory preference for private and religious interests while public education performance continues to be negatively misrepresented.
“Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability," otherwise known as REPA, are being considered for a third revision by the Indiana State Board of Education.
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.
The current status of education policy and administration in Indiana, as professed by Republicans, can best be summed up by applying the apt title of Diane Ravitch's new book, "Reign of Error."
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…
MERRILLVILLE | The International Center for Leadership in Education, an organization led by nationally recognized speaker and expert in education, Dr. Willard Daggett, has announced that Merrillville High School has been identified as a Model School for its annual Model School Conference thi…
Here we go again, listening to ingratiating promises from state government about prioritizing education and promising a whopping 1 percent increase to public school funding. It sure looks like the little pea of additional school funding is there in plain sight under the shell of public schoo…
New legislation under consideration this year by the Indiana Legislature is nothing more than snake oil intended to create the illusion of school reform without any verifiable degree of probability that school reform actually will be achieved.
Improving student achievement, closing achievement gaps and getting all students to grade level are the expressed goals of our state officials. This is the rhetoric we hear, but the actions we see are completely contradictory. In fact, they are hypocritical.
The Indiana Professional Standards Board is wrestling with a proposal for "Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability" that will reduce performance standards for becoming a teacher and will make it possible for less qualified individuals to acquire teaching and administrative licenses.
There is a misconception among some that public schools have exorbitant budgets. The thinking goes that because tax caps are needed, those school systems that will suffer financially should absorb outlandish losses of funding because they are spending beyond their means.
Property tax relief measures have resulted in unforeseen -- and potentially catastrophic -- financial losses for some school corporations.
Merrillville Community School Corp. is committed to seeing diversity work.
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