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Monroe County School Corporation Outlines Standardized Testing Changes to School Board

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The Monroe County Community School Corporation is preparing for a slew of changes in standardized testing. Administrators briefed the school board on the changes October 14th. The state and federal governments require all school corporations to give students certain tests. But Tammy Miller, the Corporation’s Director of Elementary Education, said one of those tests is going away next year. The test was called I-MAST. Students who would have taken the I-MAST will now the take the same test given to other students. That test is known as the I-STEP.

Board President Keith Klein asked about the reasoning behind the change. Other Board members also expressed concern about the end of the I-MAST. The change is reportedly the result of changing regulations at the federal Department of Education. Superintendent Judy DeMuth said there are major problems with giving students inappropriate tests.

The Board also heard about the most recent A through F grades given to schools throughout the state. Of the 17 elementary and middle schools in MCCSC, Miller said 13 received either As or Bs. Board member Jeanine Butler asked about grades over the years. Fairview Elementary received an F again on these tests, which were actually taken last school year. Fairview has received Fs the past three years, which has led to scrutiny and debate about how the school is run.
Reporting Live for WFHB, I’m Kelly Wherley.

Daily Local News – October 15, 2014

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The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is holding a reception tonight to celebrate 40 years since its inception; The Heartland Film Festival begins tomorrow and two of the featured films were made by IU students and alumni, according to a press release by IU; Area 10 Agency on Agency will host a panel, “Elder Justice, A Community Conversation,” on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in Lamkin Hall at IVY Tech in Bloomington; Three months into the 2014-2015 school year, the Monroe County Community School Corporation reports six students have missed at least 10 days of school without an excuse; The Monroe County Community School Corporation is preparing for a slew of changes in standardized testing.

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On Monday, the Indiana University School of Public Health held a panel discussion in response to the current outbreak of the Ebola Virus. Panalists Joshua Mugele, associate professor of clinical emergency medicine at the IU School of Medicine., Chad Priest, assistant dean for operations and community partnerships at the IU School of Nursing., Charles Reafsnyder, IU retired associate vice president for international affairs and Ruth Stone, the Laura Bolton professor of folklore and ethnomusicology at IU Bloomington and a scholar of Liberian music, culture and performance Panelists will discuss medical, public health and physiological aspects of the Ebola virus. The also took audience questions, Moderated by Michael Reece, associate dean of the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington. We hear what the audience members were concerned about, as well as panelists response here, in today’s community report.

Indiana University School of Public Health is a recipient of financial support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, and is working to improve medical education and public-health workforce training in collaboration with the University of Liberia and its Dogliotti School of Medicine and the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts.

BLOOMINGTON BEWARE!
Infomercials are all over TV, especially late at night, and all too many of them range from “cheesy and shady” down to “outright fraud.” Here’s a look at the lies…which can be pretty funny, unless you’ve been a sucker.

CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Cathi Norton
Today’s headlines were written by Susan Northleaf, Cathi Norton and Anson Shupe
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Our engineer today is Adam Reichle
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Managing Producer is Joe Crafword
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Monroe County School Corporation Reports On Truancy Students; Long-Term Implications

Three months into the 2014-2015 school year, the Monroe County Community School Corporation reports six students have missed at least 10 days of school without an excuse. The school system automatically refers such truant students to juvenile probation. So far these early figures are being compared to the entire previous 2013-2014 school year when a total of 63 truant students was reported and 21 of these students had their drivers’ licenses suspended as punishment for the unexcused absences. According to an October 14 article in the Herald-Times, there is often a confluence of contributing factors involved in such student truancy, including family poverty, mental and physical illness, and domestic issues. School truancy is such an important issue, say experts, because past truancy can be an indicator of future behavior, such as not finishing high school, and then possible adult problems such as substance abuse, poverty and even criminal behavior that results in incarceration. In fact, according to Monroe County Prosecutor Chris Gaal, when examining criminal records in retrospect, one common factor in the lives of many persons already in prison is a history of school truancy.

Area 10 Agency on Aging to Hold Forum on Preventing Elder Abuse

Area 10 Agency on Aging will host a panel, “Elder Justice, A Community Conversation,” on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in Lamkin Hall at IVY Tech in Bloomington. From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. panelists from law enforcement, social services, and governmental agencies will discuss how to prevent or protect elder citizens from abuse, what community resources are available and what gaps in services exist.

Each year one in ten older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, exploitation or scamming and experts believe for every report of abuse 23.5 cases go unreported. The program is free to the public, but registration is appreciated.

Heartland Film Festival Begins Featuring IU Students and Alumni

The Heartland Film Festival begins tomorrow and two of the featured films were made by IU students and alumni, according to a press release by IU.
The film “We’ll be alright” is an 11-minute documentary by seniors Barton Girdwood and Carissa Barrett . The students produced the film last Spring as part of a class at IU in the Department of Communication and Culture. It is the story of Frankie Presslaff, his unique family, and his extraordinary mother, Mimsie. Frankie and his longtime partner Kelly Compton are dads to eight adopted children. And Frankie’s mother Mimsie assisted her son and touched the lives of many other Bloomington residents.

The film “Three Months” was produced by alumni filmmakers Matt Spear and Selena Hubbard from the IU School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The 20- minute film tells the story of a man who puts off his dream. Now, after a cancer diagnosis, it may be too late. This film follows the themes of pursuing dreams and not pushing them off for another day.
The Heartland Film Festival runs October 16th to 25th at venues throughout Indianapolis. The films “Three Months” and “We’ll Be All Right” will screen as part of the “Indiana Spotlight” program on October 20th and 24th.

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is Celebrating 40 Years

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is holding a reception tonight to celebrate 40 years since its inception. The idea for the commission was introduced in 1973 by Charlotte Zietlow, who was President of City Council at the time. Today the Commission has taken on many roles including the identification of needs and gaps in resources for women, monitoring state and local policies and offering scholarships to women in programs designed to enhance leadership skills.

The reception will be held in the atrium of City Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight. A presentation summarizing the accomplishments of the Commission will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

Daily Local News – October 15th, 2014 ( The Red Cross has opened shelters for residents – 红十字会开放避难所)

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红十字会已开避难所为遭受这场风暴居民.

Interchange – Part II of To Cull Is to Kill

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Host Doug Storm welcomes guests Alyce Miller, Dave Rollo, Sandra Shapshay, and Lisa Sideris for Part II of our discussion about the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve deer cull scheduled to begin in November and last through the end of February.

There is great contention between groups opposed to the violent intervention of a kill and those who feel the kill is necessary to protect biodiversity at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

We try in the second half of the show to understand the “gift” in Genesis 1:28.

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.(KJV)

The implicit question in both of our programs comes from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring:

Who has decided—who has the right to decide—for the countless legions of people who were not consulted that the supreme value is a world without insects, even though it be also a sterile world ungraced by the curving wing of a bird in flight? The decision is that of the authoritarian temporarily entrusted with power; he has made it during a moment of inattention by millions to whom beauty and the ordered world of nature still have meaning that is deep and imperative.

For Questions or Comments please email us: interchange@wfhb.org.

Of related interest:

Two groups of note are mentioned in the program: The Humane Society of the United States and The Nature Conservancy. Here are the “SourceWatch” pages for both.

The Nature Conservancy
The Humane Society of the United States

Credits:
Host and Producer, Doug Storm
Board Engineer, Jonathan Richardson
Social Media, Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer, Alycin Bektesh

Three Hopefuls for Indiana’s 9th Congressional Seat Speak at Informational Session

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Last night the three hopefuls for Indiana’s 9th congressional seat this election met at Franklin college, and spoke for 90 minutes about their personal political platforms as well as fielding questions from the audience. John Krull, director of the college’s Pulliam School of Journalism was the moderator, and Franklin College students helped with the event by created video introductions of the candidates and hosting an informational session before the forum began. We hear Kroll ask several questions from the audience for today’s community report.

Daily Local News – October 14, 2014

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Today, the Republican caucus of the Indiana General Assembly announced their legislative agenda for the 2015 session; Indiana University’s football coach, according to an Indiana University Bloomington news release and the Bloomington Herald-Tribune, says there are plans for a major new construction project at Memorial Stadium; On Friday, October 17 Indiana University will inaugurate its newest school on the Bloomington campus; Indiana University Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mary Frances McCourt recently reported progress in IU’s efforts to lower educational costs and promote on-time graduation for students; A Bollywood film crew is set to begin production on a new movie based in Bloomington.

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Last night the three hopefuls for Indiana’s 9th congressional seat this election met at Franklin college, and spoke for 90 minutes about their personal political platforms as well as fielding questions from the audience. John Krull, director of the college’s Pulliam School of Journalism was the moderator, and Franklin College students helped with the event by created video introductions of the candidates and hosting an informational session before the forum began. We hear Kroll ask several questions from the audience for today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Cathi Norton, and Anson Shupe
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
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.
Our engineers are Carissa Barrett and Anna Legge.
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford.
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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