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MCCSC Board of Trustees open meeting to discuss local ‘F’ grade schools

Members of the public will get to hear and comment on proposals to address the “F” grades given by the state to Fairview and Highland Park schools. The opportunity will come this evening, when the Board of Trustees of the Monroe County Community School Corporation opens its regular meeting. The principals of the two elementary schools will present their proposals …

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Critical discussion on ISTEP and standardized testing this Sunday at YMCA

The Indiana Coalition for Public Education is holding a discussion about ISTEP and other standardized testing this Sunday at the YMCA. Parents, teachers, and members of the community are invited to attend the discussion. The event is free for everyone. Phil and Joan Harris, authors of The Myths of Standardized Tests: Why They Don’t Tell You What You Think They …

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Senate Bill 340 passes, changing Indiana’s energy saving program

The Indiana State Senate voted 37 to 1 to pass Senate Bill 340 earlier this month, a bill that would ultimately change Indiana’s statewide energy saving program. Jodi Perras, Indiana Representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, further explains what effect the bill will have. “As it’s written now, big business can withdraw from the energy efficiency programs,” Perras …

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The Strike Mic – February 25, 2014

This week on The Strike Mic—A new conference, planned to be held this spring, will host groups from university campuses around the country to compare struggles and prepare for action in the fall of 2014.  

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Parking Stays Un-Privatized at Indiana University

Indiana University Treasurer Mary Frances McCourt has estimated that parking operations on campus could generate a $43 million profit over the next twenty years. She presented her findings to the IU Board of Trustees on Friday. McCourt recommended in October that the university should control its own revenue stream, and the board accepted. McCourt said parking prices will be determined …

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Local Volunteers Spread the Word About Affordable Care Act Information to Local Faith Leaders

The Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County Incorporated launched their Faith Neighbors Campaign on Sunday. The campaign is designed to directly contact each faith community in Monroe County. David Meyer is president of the group. “The Faith Neighbors Campaign is an outreach effort to all communities of faith in Monroe County,” Meyer says, “We count about 155 of them, …

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Monroe County Plan Commission Approved Zoning Change for Local Resident

The Monroe County Plan Commission approved a zoning change for tomorrow, at the request of a landowner who wanted to expand his yard. John Livingston asked the commission to rezone just more  than an acre of property he intends to buy on Ida Lane, southwest of Bloomington. County planner Tammy Behrman explained why Livingston wants the change. “The reason for …

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Fairview Elementary Labeled ‘Priority School’ By State, Students Not Reading at Grade Level

The principal at Fairview Elementary says most of its students are not reading at grade level. That literacy issue was the centerpiece of a presentation about Fairview issues that Principal Tammy Miller gave to the Monroe County Community School Corporation’s Board of Trustees on February 11. The presentation came about a month after parents protested sudden changes at the school, …

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Critics Say Agricultural Amendment to Indiana Code Priviliges Rights of Agriculture Industry

The Indiana General Assembly is moving to enact a bill that critics say will privilege the rights and interests of the agricultural industry. Senate Bill 186 has recently been approved by the agriculture and natural resources committees of both houses of the legislature. The short bill will add an amendment to a part of the Indiana Code dealing with agriculture. …

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HJR-3 Update

Today, the Indiana Senate had its final vote on House Joint Resolution 3, the same-sex marriage ban. The Senate was voting on a version of the bill as amended by the lower house. A vote in favor of HJR-3 would effectively suspend the attempt to put a ban on same-sex marriage before voters on this fall’s ballot. A vote against …

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