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Education Committee Endorses Ritz

A State Campaign Committee of Educators has endorsed Glenda Ritz. According to a press release the Indiana Political Action Committee for Education has endorsed Ritz’s re-election bid as Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction. In related news, a state task force is going to work on a plan of action for Indiana state lawmakers surrounding teacher shortages. Ritz co-chairs the task force, which is called the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Recruitment and Retention of Excellent Educators. The group met for the first time last week.

Indiana has had a decline of 18 percent in college enrollment in schools of education and in teachers achieving licenses over the last five years. Many attribute these drops to the lack of economic opportunity for teachers. This is especially prevalent in Indiana. An article in the Times of Northwest Indiana points out that the Indiana starting pay average for teachers is about $34,700, about $250 less than the national average. In Illinois, the starting pay average is $37,166. For experienced teachers, the pay gap is even more pronounced. An experienced teacher in Indiana can expect to make roughly $43,000 and with a master’s degree they can expect to make around $55,400. In Michigan, an experienced teacher can expect to make around $47,300. And with a master’s degree, 64,130 dollars. That’s almost $9,000 more than in Indiana. California fares even better, but they too still have a teacher shortage. Glenda Ritz says she hopes to change this problem for Indiana by starting with the task force.

Better Beware! – Bad Charities


We’re going to name the worst and best charities over the next four installments. Some of the worst ripoffs will shock you — and may have diddled you.

Panel Discusses Sustainability Tomorrow at IMU


A panel discussion titled “Who’s responsible for Sustainability?” is planned for tomorrow in Bloomington. The event will be held at the University Club in the Indiana Memorial Union on IU’s campus. According to a press release, the panel will discuss economic, social, and environmental factors that contribute to sustainability and how that all affects the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Those present will include the director of Global Environmental Sustainability for Cummins Inc., the director of sustainability for Louisville Metro Government and the University Director of Sustainability at the IU office of Sustainability. Also attending will be Jesse Kharbanda, the executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council. Kharbanda says the Hoosier Environmental Council has a bold and hopeful vision of the future of sustainability in Indiana.

There will be a short reception following the panel. The event is hosted by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Integrated Program in the Environment, the Indiana University Office of Sustainability, and the ISOS Center for Social Responsibility. The event will start at 5pm tomorrow in the University Club at the IMU.

Daily Local News – September 23, 2015


A panel discussion titled “Who’s responsible for Sustainability?” is planned for tomorrow in Bloomington; Local conservative activist Robert Hall says he is making contact with Republican voters as he plans to run for Congress next year; The Saudi Arabian government is looking to reform its education system with the help of experts at Indiana University; The Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched its Leaf Cam; A State Campaign Committee of Educators has endorsed Glenda Ritz.

This week, Democrats in the Indiana Senate announced their support of three legal initiatives that would affect the rights of undocumented immigrants living in Indiana. The lawmakers say the bills are a result of work with Latino community leaders across the state. One bill would allow undocumented students who attend Indiana high schools to pay in-state tuition rates at Indiana colleges. Another bill would allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses. And the third bill would do away with a legal restriction that prevents many undocumented people from receiving dialysis treatment. WFHB News Director Joe Crawford spoke with State Senator Mark Stoops, one of the senators who worked on the legislative proposals. Stoops also represents much of the WFHB listening area in the Senate.

We’re going to name the worst and best charities over the next four installments. Some of the worst ripoffs will shock you — and may have diddled you.

Anchors: Araceli Gomez and Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by Joshua Byron, Hannah Boone and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

CEEP Assists with Saudi Education Reform


The Saudi Arabian government is looking to reform its education system with the help of experts at Indiana University. The Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at IU’s School of Education will focus on designing and conducting a series of evaluation projects for the Saudi government. These projects will help that government’s 45 school districts evaluate leaders, principals, teachers and the districts themselves.Challenges like communication, funding and local leadership are handled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Education Evaluation Commission. Marcey Moss is co-director of the Saudi Arabia Project at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy.

The group has delivered their results, but Moss says they can’t be shared because of confidentiality agreements between the Saudi government and the CEEP. Moss says that eventually, in a year or two, the Saudi Arabian government will take over with evaluations of their own. Those evaluations will be an amalgamation of all that the international team helped to develop.

Interchange – George Kateb: Accentuate the Negative


With our guest, George Kateb, who has been called “the most interesting and important philosopher of liberalism alive today,”* we’ll focus on oppression and resistance. Our texts for this conversation will center on three essays from Kateb’s 2006 collection of essays, Patriotism and Other Mistakes: “Is Patriotism a Mistake,” “Socratic Integrity,” and “Wildness and Conscience: Thoreau and Emerson,” as well as selections from his 2011 book Human Dignity and his latest work Lincoln’s Political Thought.

The essays, says Kateb, “deal with serious oppression of people by public authorities. Human Dignity is in part a defense of human rights: rights that are meant to protect people against oppression by public authorities. Oppression causes physical and mental suffering and can also create violations of human dignity, some of them causing what I call unfelt oppression (ie, Huxley’s Brave New World); [then turning to] Lincoln’s Political Thought, where suffering and extreme violation of human dignity through dehumanization and degradation are caused by slavery. Thoreau invokes conscience but doesn’t rule out violence, and Lincoln comes to understand that only military violence could end the violence of slavery and its defenders.”

*John Burt, author of Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism

George Kateb is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics Emeritus at Princeton. An influential political theorist with an international reputation, he is a champion of democratic individuality and a critic of its many challengers. He is the author of Utopia and Its Enemies (1963); Political Theory; Its Nature and Uses (1968); Hannah Arendt: Politics, Conscience, Evil (1984); The Inner Ocean: Individualism and Democratic Culture (1992); Emerson and Self-Reliance (1994); Patriotism and Other Mistakes (2006); Human Dignity (2011); and Lincoln’s Political Thought (2015)

Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord, Mass., 1840-60″
i. Emerson
ii. Hawthorne
iii. The Alcotts
iv. Thoreau

Performed by Gilbert Kalish, piano; Samuel Baron, Flute; John Graham, viola

Patriotism: What Is It Good For?
Existential Democratic Individuality: A Conversation with George Kateb

Photo credit: www.thinkingaloud.com

Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Bring It On! – September 21, 2015


Clarence Boone and Mattie White welcome Sally Gaskill and Sara Laughlin.

On tonight’s show, Clarence and Mattie welcome Sally Gaskill, director at Strategic National Arts Alumni Project and Sara Laughlin, retired director of the Monroe County Public Library. They join us this evening to elaborate on the upcoming Power of Words presentation featuring the co-authors of March: civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and local artist Nate Powell.

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

Hosts: Clarence Boone and Mattie White
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Hola Bloomington – September 18, 2015


Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Raquel Anderson, Minerva Sosa y Carlos Bakota hablan con abogada de inmigración Christie Popp. Comienzan la serie del Mes de la Hispanidad con el tema de la inmigración. Hablan sobre cuestiones relevantes y la reforma migratoria. Además, Christie contesta las preguntas de los oyentas al aire.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Raquel Anderson, Minerva Sosa and Carlos Bakota interview immigration lawyer Christie Popp. They begin the National Hispanic Heritage Month series talking about immigration. They talk about about current issues and immigration reform. In addition, Christie answers the listener’s immigration questions on air.

County Plan Commission has Recommended Approving Communication Tower Near Airport

The Monroe County Plan Commission has recommended approving a controversial wireless communications tower near the county airport. At its meeting on Tuesday, the Commission had its final hearing on the request from Verizon to build the tower on a small parcel of land, currently zoned residential. The Commission had heard this request previously, first, in April, then in July and August. During those meetings, neighbors criticized the tower’s location and height as well as a flashing light that would be on top of the tower. So the Commission sent the request back for revision. The County’s senior planner, Jackie Scanlan, reviewed the case for the Commission on Tuesday.

“This petition is for a rezone to add the wireless communications facility overlay to a portion of a parcel on … west Barge lane, so you can see it located here near State Road 45, west of the city of Bloomington,” Scanlan said.

The revised proposal reduced the tower height from 155 feet to 135 feet, plus a four foot lightning rod. The petitioner also committed not to raise the height in the future, even though new state legislation would allow that to occur starting next year. But despite those concessions from Verizon, several Commission members were still opposed, including John Irvine.

“The very purpose of having zoning is to protect yourself from intrusion by unwanted development,” Irvine said.

Irvine motioned to reject Verizon’s application, but that motion was defeated five to four. Commission member Kevin Enright then moved to recommend acceptance and provided reasons for his support

“What we get is a lower tower and we get a commitment to keep it that low. We get a commitment for co-location for first responders in that area and improved services on the west side,” Enright said.

Enright is referring to a nearby water tower also has a flashing light at the top. Enright’s motion to send the petition to the County Commissioners with a favorable recommendation passed five to four.

bloomingOUT – Bryant Paul – September 17, 2015


Hosts Ryne Shadday and Jeff Poling interview Indiana University Professor Bryant Paul about his research. All of the music tonight was by Kacey Musgraves. bloomingOUT would like to thank Professor Bryant Paul for joining us this evening.

Hosts: Ryne Shadday, Jeff Poling
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford
Producer: Olivia Davidson
Engineer: Andrew Sims

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