In this election year, voters should be wary of political platforms that emphasize the separation of our children. There is dangerous rhetoric that appears to express noble efforts to “rescue poor children” from "unsafe and bad" schools. It claims it is better to save some children rather th…
The “What’s Killing The Poor in Indiana” article from May 8 is the latest in The Times' articles on the effects of poverty, all of which impact state social services.
Now that the governor and state legislators have done their due diligence and finally understood what state Superintendent Glenda Ritz and other educators had been saying for a year and a half, we can have a brief respite with the ISTEP “hold-harmless” legislation.
Important information has been released about state assessment versus national assessment and state funding of traditional public schools versus funding other kinds of Indiana schools. Myths about the failure of public education and the teaching profession must be discarded in this next legi…
It is amazing to read about the blue ribbon committees being formed at the Statehouse to determine why there is a teacher shortage. The feigned ignorance and surprise of legislators is incredibly hypocritical.
As the 2015 legislative session is about to end, this is the last and most crucial chance for the public to demand that our legislators do not continue on the wrongful path of diminishing and diverting state tax dollars away from the schools that serve our most disadvantaged students of poverty.
The Indiana House of Representatives is to be commended for increasing the amount of funding for public education.
Over the last several years, there has been great turmoil over education decisions made by Indiana government. Legislative policies have led to a crisis in school funding, diversion of public tax dollars away from public schools, special test exemption rules for private schools, teacher blam…
When considering the pros and cons of an elected or appointed state superintendent of public instruction, look no further than recent history.
It has been proclaimed by at least one Indiana State Board of Education member that the board should not be in the school takeover business. If that means public schools being taken over by for-profit education organizations, I couldn't agree more.
Amidst the debate over whether the Indiana superintendent of public instruction should be appointed or elected, we must not lose sight over the true meaning of Glenda Ritz’s election.
Public school supporters have an opportunity to make a statement at the November midterm elections in Indiana.
Current governmental and legislative policies continue down the road of diminishing, demeaning and underfunding public schools in every demographic area across the state — urban, suburban and rural.
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.