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Daily Local News – January 14, 2014

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This week on The Strike Mic, members of the Indiana University assembly are holding a day of action in support of the prisoners at Westville Correctional Facility; Local police are receiving ongoing reports of parking meter vandalism in Bloomington; The proposed restructuring of classes at Fairview School that brought angry parents to school board offices has been stopped; This is the last week to set out Christmas trees and wreaths for pickup by the City of Bloomington Sanitation Department.

FEATURE
The U.S. State Department reports nearly 9,000 children were adopted abroad by U.S. families last year. The number of international adoptions has risen in recent decades, and adopting abroad can pose unique questions for parents as they help their growing children to frame their own identities. Now, the story of Bloomington mother Victoria McQueen’s experience guiding her daughter’s growing sense of identity. American Student Radio reporter Sudeshna Chowdhury brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature report.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
Understanding your credit report and score is an essential piece of financial stability. Learn how to access your credit report, what it all means, and how to address credit problems on this week’s episode of WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS
Anchors: Shayne Laughter, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Drew Daudelin, and Alycin Bektesh.
Our feature was produced by Sudeshna Chowdhury.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Editor is Drew Daudelin, engineer and executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Last Week To Throw Out Christmas Trees and Wreaths

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This is the last week to set out Christmas trees and wreaths for pickup by the City of Bloomington Sanitation Department. Residents can place the items on the curb, along with their trash and recycling, on their regularly scheduled pick-up day. Lights, ornaments, and other decorations need to be removed from the trees. The last day for tree pick-up is Monday, January 20.

Fairvew Elementary School To Reorganize Classes Due To Parents’ Protests

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The proposed restructuring of classes at Fairview School that brought angry parents to school board offices has been stopped, according to Beverly Smith, Director of School and Community Services at the Monroe County Community School Corporation.

“Our Director of Elementary Education Tammy Miller is serving as the interim principal at Fairview School through the end of this year,” Smith said, “She, in her wisdom as the director and a former principal, projected, suggested, and put in place some changes that would have taken place on Monday. Through some further input from staff and parents, Mrs. Miller made the suggestion to the superintendent that we not go forward with those changes. She is going to work with parents in the future to craft plans that will allow folks to work together and come up with what is best for Fairview.”

Smith confirmed reports that the proposed changes were to create smaller classes of students with below standard literacy skills.

This determination was based on a variety of performance evaluations of students including, in particular, those from the Northwest Literacy Evaluation reports.

Beyond the now suspended restructuring of classes, there was also concern expressed by parents that these changes might impact Fairview’s adoption and development of the Artful Learning program, and associated changes in teaching, curriculum and enrollment.

“At this point what we are most focused on is that, as of today, students will be returning to their original classroom assignments that they enjoyed during the first semester. School will go on as normal and Mrs. Miller will work with teachers and parents to return students to the classrooms and work together for the advancement of Fairview.”

The original and strongest complaint voiced by Fairview parents was the lack of consultation with parents by the school or district administration, or even of direct notice beforehand of the proposals prior to their adoption.

However, the parental protests brought about an immediate meeting with school board officials, including District Superintendent Judith Demuth, yesterday morning.

This was followed up with the announcement of the scheduling of Fairview Family Meetings Monday, January 13, and next Monday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m, at Fairview School.

Smith acknowledged that the parents’ protests, as well as comments from teaching staff, helped prompt the reversal of the class restructuring plans.

“It’s always wise to have as much input from all of your stakeholders as possible,” Smith said, “I believe that this situation just underscored that this practice is something we enjoy and continue.”

Smith says that consultation with Fairview parents and teachers will continue, to decide how best to address the immediate issue of students literacy, the evaluation of students’ performance, and the best means to address any perceived deficiencies.

Parking Meter Vandals Continue, Police Say

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Local police are receiving ongoing reports of parking meter vandalism in Bloomington.

Susie Johnson, director of the city’s Public Works department, says she doesn’t want to go into detail on the vandalism, but that it has been minimal so far.

“I really would rather not go into it, and not draw attention to it because I think it fans the flames,” Johnson said, “The more we talk about it, the more people want to do it.”

Johnson says parking meter vandalism has been declining, and that she doesn’t know if the incidents have been organized or random, but that Bloomington police are investigating.

The Strike Mic – January 14, 2014

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This week on The Strike Mic, members of the Indiana University assembly are holding a day of action tomorrow, in support of the prisoners at Westville Correctional Facility in Westfield, Indiana.

Bring It On! – January 13, 2014

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On the first show of 2014, Eric Love and Leila Randle welcome guests Nicole Griffin and Ignoisco Miles.

PART ONE
The Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., often called Martin Luther King Day, is a United States holiday marking the birth date of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. It is the only United States federal holiday commemorating an African American and one of only four to commemorate an individual person.

On January 17, 2000, for the first time, Martin Luther King Day was officially observed in all 50 U.S. states. The day is marked by demonstrations for peace, social justice and racial and class equality, as well as a national day of volunteer community service. In recent years, the moniker of “A Day On, Not A Day Off” has been embraced by a significant number of communities.

Joining Eric and Leila to for the first show of 2014 to go over the many MLK Day activities going on in Bloomington and on the IU campus Nicole Griffin, vice chair of the City of Bloomington MLK Birthday Commission, and Ignoisco Miles, Director for the Revolution Emergent Theatre Project.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: Eric Love and Leila Randle
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

bloomingOUT – January 9, 2014

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Activist, writer, blogger, public speaker Reverend Irene Monroe talks about the significance to the black queer community of Robin Robert’s’ coming out, how Martin Luther King might have reacted to homophobia and other related issues. Casting Producer for America’s Got Talent Andrew Ward discusses his career and interesting aspects of a major talent show like AGT as well as announcing upcoming auditions to be held in Indianapolis 25-26 January at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Featured artist is Detroit MI recording artist KENN. Musical selection is “Empty” from his “We Killed KENN” CD.

www.irenemonroe.com
www.agtauditions.com
www.twitter.com/KennMusic

Producer Carol Fischer
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Associate Producers Sarah Hetrick & Nick Tumino
News Director Josh Vidrich
Original Theme Music Mikial Rlobertson
Announcer Sarah Hetrick

EcoReport – January 9, 2014

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In today’s EcoReport feature, New York-based Independent journalist Maura Stephens talks about the environmental dangers of fracking, and describes recent efforts to stop fracking made by independent journalists, activists, and other concerned community members.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Anchors: Trish Kerle and Dan Young.
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene and Norm Holy. This week’s feature was engineered by Stephanie Stewart. This week’s calendar was compiled by Kristina Wiltsee. Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. Producers for EcoReport are Kelly Miller and Dan Young. Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Standing Room Only – Racial Prejudice and the Drug War, Part 2

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On Tuesday November 5th a forum on the drug-war was held in the City Council Chambers in Bloomington . The NAACP is the primary sponsor of a forum which examined the effects of the War on Drugs and alternatives to it. IU Professor Audrey McCluskey served as moderator, and discussed the racial injustice of the drug war using the book “The New Jim Crow.” Chad Padgett will represent Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). Matt Pierce, district representative for Bloomington and Joe Dillon, Vice-President of the National Organization for the Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML). The public is invited, and will join in the discussion. Recorded on location by Community Access Television Services for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.

Interchange – The Occupy Movement: Origins, Practice, Legacy

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Tonight on Interchange host Doug Storm talks with three faculty members of Indiana University who were active in Occupy Bloomington, one of many occupations of public spaces in US cities that appeared as a response to the Occupy Wall Street Movement that originated in New York City in September of 2011.

Ben Robinson, associate professor of Germanic Studies.

Micol Seigel, associate professor in the American Studies and History Departments and co-founder of Decarcerate Monroe County.

Joe Varga, assistant professor of labor studies and an organizer in the all-volunteer chapter of South Central Indiana Jobs with Justice.

We look at out how Occupy began back in September of 2011 and attempted to define some of the issues surrounding Occupy Wall Street, and we’ve looked at how Occupy Bloomington was born. We also examine the Legacy of OWS-what did OWS encourage, what effects, if any, both positive and negative have come out of this popular protest movement.

Photo courtesy of Joe Varga

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