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Bills Would Strip Power of Superintendent Glenda Ritz

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Bills have been introduced into both houses of the Indiana General Assembly that would change the way the Chairperson of the State Board of Education is chosen. Currently, the popularly elected State Superintendent of Education automatically chairs the board. This has been the practice for over 100 years, since the original creation of an elected Superintendent. The current Superintendent is Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, who defeated Tony Bennett in 2012. Ritz, a public school librarian, had been strongly backed by the state teachers’ association as well as some parents upset about the state Republican agenda that promotes charter schools and education vouchers.

Soon after Ritz’s election, the Republican-led state government began taking measures that many said were aimed at checking Ritz’s power. Governor Pence created an alternative agency to the state school board, which he called the Center for Education and Career Innovation. That agency operated out of Pence’s office, was staffed by his personal appointees, and essentially attempted to do the same things as the state school board. Pence announced the dissolution of that agency last December. But in his announcement, the Governor also urged state legislators to change the way the Chair of the Board of Education was chosen, to have the members of the board, who all happen to be his appointees choose the chair, rather than have the superintendent automatically assume the role. Last week, the House Education Committee approved Bill 1609 reflecting Pence’s wish. The Senate has introduced three similar pieces of legislation. To get a local response to this activity, Daily Local News Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer, chair of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education for Monroe County and South-Central Indiana. Murphy first asked her to give her opinion of the legislation in the general assembly.

Bring It On! – February 2, 2015

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Clarence Boone and Cornelius Wright welcome Robin Winston and Audrey McCluskey.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, Clarence and Cornelius welcome accomplished business leader and a skilled political strategist, Robin Winston. He joins us to explore the dynamics of the power shift in Washington and in particular how it will affect national and local communities of color. He also provide some perspective on the impending political showdown in 2016.

PART TWO
Local author Audrey McCluskey comes on to discuss her latest project, “A Forgotten Sisterhood: Pioneering Black Women Educators and Activists in the Jim Crow South”.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Cornelius Wright
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Daily Local News – February 2, 2015

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The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles found another $2 million of overcharges it levied on state residents; A construction company is in the midst of moving five historic houses in the University Courts neighborhood to make way for a new fraternity house; Monroe County officials are in talks with companies that could be paid to help establish a specific character for a West side commercial district; Upland Brewery is starting 2015 off with a new space and a new brew. Vice President of Retail Operations Angela Schnick says the renovated space opened up just in time last year.

FEATURE
Bills have been introduced into both houses of the Indiana General Assembly that would change the way the Chairperson of the State Board of Education is chosen. Currently, the popularly elected State Superintendent of Education automatically chairs the board. This has been the practice for over 100 years, since the original creation of an elected Superintendent. The current Superintendent is Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, who defeated Tony Bennett in 2012. Ritz, a public school librarian, had been strongly backed by the state teachers’ association as well as some parents upset about the state Republican agenda that promotes charter schools and education vouchers. Soon after Ritz’s election, the Republican-led state government began taking measures that many said were aimed at checking Ritz’s power. Governor Pence created an alternative agency to the state school board, which he called the Center for Education and Career Innovation. That agency operated out of Pence’s office, was staffed by his personal appointees, and essentially attempted to do the same things as the state school board. Pence announced the dissolution of that agency last December. But in his announcement, the Governor also urged state legislators to change the way the Chair of the Board of Education was chosen, to have the members of the board, who all happen to be his appointees choose the chair, rather than have the superintendent automatically assume the role. Last week, the House Education Committee approved Bill 1609 reflecting Pence’s wish. The Senate has introduced three similar pieces of legislation. To get a local response to this activity, Daily Local News Correspondent David Murphy spoke to Cathy Fuentes-Rohrer, chair of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education for Monroe County and South-Central Indiana. Murphy first asked her to give her opinion of the legislation in the general assembly.

ACTIVATE
Lorraine Martin, a 16 year veteran of working with Lotus Arts and Education Foundation, talks about Lotus Blossoms, the education and community outreach program of the Foundation, and the amazing experience the program gives to kids and volunteers alike. Also, volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Amanda Marino, Emily Beck and Joe Crawford
Along with Alycin Bektesh for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by David Murphy
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

Brown County Hour – Episode #35 – February 1, 2015

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Hosted by Dave Seastrom, Vera Grubbs, Rick Fettig & Jeff Foster.

First aired Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 9 AM on WFHB.

☆ In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Musical guests Hamilton Creek perform LIVE in BCH Studio B — interview and songs.
    l-r Frank Hilligoss/bass, Dave Conner/mandolin, Neil Smith/guitar & Dan Harden/banjo

    HAMILTON CREEK l-r Frank Hilligoss/bass, Dave Conner/mandolin, Neil Smith/guitar & Dan Harden/banjo

  • Cari Ray returns with another For A Song, wherein she explores the creative processes involved in finding your muse… even with a broken leg.
  • Arborist Rick Patrick shares his take on IDNR logging practices in another WoodWatch segment.
  • BC entrepreneur Harry Hopkins of Brockwood Farm tells the stories of his Stall-sifter and Worm-siftermachines.
  • Don Crum with info on the BC Youth Music Showcase coming up Feb 28.
  • Rachel Perry shares a tall tale about love and moonshine.
  • Rick Fettig with an essay on squirrels.
  • Dave Seastrom delivers an update on construction progress with the new BCH studio.
  • Poetry by Gunther Flumm: Voodoo voodoo. 
✇ Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Books Unbound – “Benito Cereno” by Herman Melville, Part Two

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The second in a four-part program on Herman Melville’s novella “Benito Cereno,” based on the memoir of the real-life sea captain Amasa Delano. Melville’s mastery of point of view takes us into the mind of the well-meaning but clueless Delano as he spends the day aboard a Spanish merchant-ship in distress. The ship is manned by a skeleton crew of haggard Spaniards, and carries 150 Africans bound for the slave trade. As the American captain struggles to understand the demeanor of his Spanish counterpart, he fails to see what’s really happening within this microcosm of society.

“Benito Cereno” was published serially in Putnam’s Magazine in 1855. One installment appeared in the same issue as a laudatory review of Frederick Douglass’s My Bondage and My Freedom. The indirect connections between Douglass and Melville point to complex issues of abolition and racial attitudes in the crisis years leading up to the American Civil War. Since the mid-20th century, the story has been viewed as exposing, as one critic put it, “the dominant culture’s ignorance of its own repressive tactics”.

Our reader is Doug Storm. This episode also includes Yusef Komunyakaa’s poem “Captain Amasa Delano’s Dilemma,” read by Tony Brewer. Special music for the episode comes from River of Light by Richard Danielpour, as recorded by Tim Fain and Pei-Yao Wang.

Host: Sarah Torbeck
Announcer: Berklea Going

Produced by Cynthia Wolfe and Doug Storm with Sarah Torbeck.
Written by Cynthia Wolfe with assistance from Doug Storm.
Executive producer: Alycin Bektesh
Theme music: The Impossible Shapes

Hola Bloomington – January 30, 2015

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Hola Bloomington’s hosts Israel Herrera, Maria Auxiliadora Viloria and Carlos Bakota host a special segment “Un Cafecito con” Spanish Clubs. The hosts interview the students that are involved in clubs like: The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship, La sociedad honoraria hispánica of Bloomington High School North. Also, they interview Benjamin Nichols, an IU student who produced his first film titled “Just Call me Jack…”

Los locutores de Hola Bloomington Israel Herrera y Maria Auxiliadora Viloria albergan un segmento especial de “Un Cafecito con.. Clubes de Español.” Los locutores entrevistan a estudiantes de grupos como: La Academia de Ciencias y Emprendimiento y La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica de Bloomington High School North. Además, hablan con, Benjamin Nichols, un estudiante de IU sobre su película llamada “Just Call me Jack…”

bloomingOUT – January 29, 2015

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Tonight, hosts Erica Dorsey and Jeff Poling give news updates in the LGBTQ community as well as calendar events such as PRIDE Film Festival starting tonight through Sunday. Host Jeff Jewel speaks with Justin Ford about his TedTalk, his background, and his experience teaching as a Professor in Kelley School of Business. We also heard from Arielle Soussman in Out on Campus, as well as from Nick Tumino in the weekly segment First Year Out. We would like to thank our guest Justin Ford for sharing with us tonight.

Credits
Hosts Erica Dorsey, Jeff Jewel, Jeff Poling
Producer Olivia Davidson
Executive Producer Alycin Bektesh
Script Coordinator Hayley Bass
Engineer Carissa Barrett

Voices in the Street – “Black History Month: African-American Heroes”

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February is Black History Month, which in Bloomington means a full slate of public forums and celebrations honoring the cultural legacy of African-Americans in Bloomington and beyond. As part of our coverage of Black History Month, we hit the streets to ask local residents about African-Americans who inspire you. So Bloomington, tell us about your black heroes.

Mike Pence Controversy for State-Run News Plan

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This afternoon Governor Mike Pence axed his plans for a state-run news service. Pence became the subject of controversy earlier this week when the Indianapolis Star reported on his plans to establish a government run news service called Just IN. Just IN was supposed to launch this February.

In a news release today, Pence said he would not approve of any state-run media and that the proposal, authored by his communications staff, was not what he expected. The project has since been completely shut down. Instead, Pence said, the current public calendar website will be updated and adapted.

Documents of the proposal show the Just IN site would have featured breaking news stories and have been overseen by a Government-paid managing editor. Just IN was intended both for a general audience and media.

Much of the backlash against the plan came from journalists who found the idea of a state-run news agency unethical. Matthew Tully, a writer for the IndyStar, argued against Just IN, citing the American tradition of an independent press as well as the fact the agency would be funded by taxpayers.

IU Journalism Professor Gerry Lanosga has blogged and tweeted about the Just IN controversy. And to Lanosga, the outrage was unwarranted.

He says that he does not see it as an ethical issue for the government, but could possibly be an ethical issue for the journalists involved.

Over the past couple days, many critics suggested the Just In service would spin stories to benefit the Pence administration. But Lanosga argues the focus should be on how the press gets its information in the first place.

He states that we need to think about how reliant the press is right now on government information. He also states that it is a big concern that a large portion of the press’ information come directly from government sources.

The documents that allowed the IndyStar reporter to break the story on Just IN came from a government source. Mike Pence is in his first term as the 50th governor of Indiana and has served since 2013. There is wide speculation Pence is considering a run for president in 2016. So far he has not made those plans public.

EcoReport – Kerwin Olson: Citizens’ Action Coalition

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In today’s EcoReport feature, Kerwin Olson, executive director of the Citizens’ Action Coalition discusses the many ways Indiana House Bill 1320 was designed to shut down solar power in the state.

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