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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.

Ins and Outs of Money – Credit Report

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Understanding your credit report and score is an essential piece of financial stability. Learn how to access your credit report, what it means and how to address problems.

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.

Factory Farms Measure Changes Form at Statehouse

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Until late last week, the Hoosier Environmental Council was gearing up for a fight against a proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution. The amendment included language the council said protected factory farms and other controversial farming practices. But some key language was removed from the amendment before it was filed last week. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Kim Ferraro from the council for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News – January 13, 2014

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Re-opening after the holidays has not gone smoothly for Fairview Elementary, as conflict erupted between parents and school administrators; After months of debate and several revisions, the Ellettsville Town Council passed new regulations on second-hand shops December 23rd; The Indiana House Judiciary Committee decided this morning to delay a vote on HJR-3, the bill that would change the Indiana Constitution to state that only heterosexual couples have marriage rights in Indiana; The Ocwen Financial Corporation of Georgia and its subsidiary, Ocwen Loan Servicing, have agreed to a two-point-one billion dollar joint state-federal settlement with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, forty-eight additional attorneys general, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

FEATURE
Factory Farms Offered More Protection in Proposed Amendment
Until late last week, the Hoosier Environmental Council was gearing up for a fight against a proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution. The amendment included language the council said protected factory farms and other controversial farming practices. But some key language was removed from the amendment before it was filed last week. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Kim Ferraro from the council for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

ACTIVATE!
Leslie Abshier and veteran volunteer, Vonnie, talk about the work of LifeDesigns, Inc and the upcoming Art of Chocolate fundraiser, part of Bloomington’s 10th annual Week of Chocolate.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Chris Martin, and Drew Daudelin,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford.
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker,
Our engineer today is Chris Martin,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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

Books Unbound – Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Part 9

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Born in 1885, David Herbert Lawrence was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, and painter. His collective works are classified as a reflection of the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. His marriage in 1914 to Frieda Weekly, a woman who left her husband and three children for Lawrence, provided inspiration and emotional support for his literary career. Lawrence died in 1930, reaching his peak of fame posthumously.

Banned by U.S. Customs (1929). Banned in Ireland (1932), Poland (1932), Australia (1959), Japan (1959), India (1959). Banned in Canada (1960) until 1962. Dissemination of Lawrence’s novel has been stopped in China (1987) because the book “will corrupt the minds of young people and is also against the Chinese tradition.” Lady Chatterley’s Lover was the object of numerous obscenity trials in both the UK and the United States up into the 1960s.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, first published privately in 1928, was not published openly in Britain until 1960. It tells the story of the love affair between Constance (Lady Chatterley) and her husband Clifford’s gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors, while exploring the nature of relationships between men and women. Besides the evident sexual content of the book, “Chatterley” spurred controversy for its discussion of the British social class system and social conflict. Penguin, the publisher of the unexpurgated text in 1960, was unsuccessfully tried for violation of the 1959 Obscene Publications Act. The prosecutor was ridiculed for asking, “Is this the kind of book you would wish your wife or servants to read?”

Activate! – LifeDesigns: Leslie Abshier and Vonnie

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Leslie Abshier and veteran volunteer, Vonnie, talk about the work of LifeDesigns, Inc and the upcoming Art of Chocolate fundraiser, part of Bloomington’s 10th annual Week of Chocolate.

Hola Bloomington – January 10, 2014

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Hostess Minerva Sosa and Ramon Tristani presented a prerecorded interview with Prof. Gaffney. Prof. Gaffney talks about “Rio de Janeiro”, “A lost beauty.” Also the EcoRreport with Ramon Tristani and the students of the Academy with their segment “Desde los pasillos”… and the events of the week.

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