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Gov. Pence Promises To Shorten ISTEP+ Assessment

by David Murphy Governor Mike Pence has signed an executive order to shorten the length of the 2015 ISTEP+, which is scheduled to be administered in March.

The order is Pence’s response to the uproar that followed last week’s announcement that this year’s tests would take more than twice as much time for students to take as they did last year.The average time is up from around 5 hours to around 12 hours.

Pence’s proposal would only take effect after the appointment of a so-called assessment expert and a presentation of the ensuing report to the State Board of Education and the Department of Education. Today, Pence’s office announced that he had named Edward Roeber, a private sector testing consultant, to carry out his wishes.

This flap over I-STEP+ is only the latest in a long line of problems and complaints the test has caused since its inception. Since teacher pay and promotion is increasingly based on the performance of students on the tests, many say there is increased pressure to ‘teach-to-the-test.’

Some teachers now prefer teaching in schools and districts where higher socio-economic conditions tend to boost test scores. At the other end of the spectrum, poorer schools and districts, which produce lower test results, are put on track for eventual privatization. The most recent estimate is that the state department of education paid outside firms and consultants $31 million for the tests.

At the local level, the Monroe County Community School Corporation had to add five days to the school calendar year just to administer the test when it was originally introduced. On top of that administrative cost is the supplemental time and cost of test preparation, pre-testing, and test processing.

Last year, the test practice time was about an hour. This year it has grown to six hours.

Other problems have arisen in the actual application of the tests, including computer glitches during tests, errors in score calculation, and even the fudging of results, the most notorious being when former state superintendent of education, Tony Bennett, was caught raising the score of a charter school run by a big GOP donor. ISTEP + testing begins next month in Monroe County and across the state.

Local Live – Batuquê Trio

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Joining us for this week’s Local Live is the Batuquê Trio, blending Latin jazz styles, from the folkloric roots of Cuban and Brazilian music to contemporary trends in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Caribbean jazz.

Batuquê Trio is: Jamaal Baptiste – piano. Natalie Boeyink – bass. Andy Smith – drums

SONGS
1. “Samba Litoral”
2. “Gumbo de Forró”
3. “A menina nas ondas (Wave Jumper)”
4. “Smiling Faces”
5. “Carmina’s Dawn”

Hosted by Frankie Ferrell
Engineered by Jim Lang & Dan Withered
Produced by Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Originally aired January 28, 2015

The Third Greatest Mardi Gras on the Face of the Earth

Come party Mardi with WFHB Community Radio and The Players Pub, beginning at 4PM and going until late in the evening.

Local Live – Nate Gibson & Jerry Miller

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WFHB gets rough and rowdy with local old-school country rockabilly stars Nate Gibson & Jerry Miller, with special guests Mike Lee and Tim Moore.

SONGS
1. (I’ve got) A Hole In My Pocket
2. Huggin & Chalkin
3. Remington Ride
4. Guitar in Orbit
5. Love-a-Rama
6. The Beauties of Your Natural Gas

Hosted by Jar Turner
Engineered by Jim Lang & Dan Withered
Produced by Erin Tobey
Executive Produced is Jim Manion

Interchange – Terror Skies: The Drone as Judge and Jury

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In Part One, we’re joined by Majed Akhter, an Assistant Professor of Geography at Indiana University Bloomington whose current research examines how state power shapes, and is in turn shaped by, mobile objects such as drones and rivers. His writing focuses especially on Pakistan and the United States.

And in Part Two we’ll joined by Stephen John and Greta Wohlrabe to discuss a new play being produced by The Cardinal Stage Company called “Grounded” by George Brant about a female Air Force fighter pilot “grounded” by pregnancy who becomes a drone pilot operating out of a trailer in the Nevada desert. John is the play’s director and Wohlrabe its star.

Morse Peckham had this to say about state violence and terrorism back in 1987 (“Literature and the State”).

It cannot be that the state objects to terrorism because its citizens are being killed. In this country the citizens kill each other by murder and automobiles, fifty percent of the latter by drunken driving, and the state remains on the whole quite unruffled, except when some group of citizens forming itself as an organ of the state manipulates the state to take some action….No, the state objects to terrorism for quite different reasons. A state maintains its legitimacy by maintaining a monopoly on the use of violence for politics and governance. Terrorism is a challenge to the state’s monopoly on violence for such purposes….The trouble with violence is that if it is used in its ultimate forms there is no further recourse. So we may understand civilization as the strategy by which control and position are maintained without resorting to violence. Legal texts are of the first importance, of course, in circumventing the use of violence as well as justifying violence.

Related
Dronification of State Power

Grounded (Cardinal Stage Company)

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Social Media: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Activate! – Lotus Education and Arts Foundation: Loraine Martin

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Loraine Martin, a 16 year veteran of working with Lotus 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.

LINKS
Lotus Education & Arts Foundation
Lotus Volunteering 
Bloomington Playwright’s Project Volunteering 
Buskirk-Chumley Theater Volunteering 

Activate! – CASA: Angie Raymond

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Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Angie Raymond explains the importance of this volunteer position to the children caught up in DCS cases and talks about the rewards of her own experience. Also, volunteer opportunities connected to the legal sector from the City of Bloomington’s Volunteer Network.

LINKS

CASA
Middle Way House
Protective Order Assistant
CASA Volunteers

Local Live – Opal Fly & KAPOW!

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Ever heard of electroacousticragamafunkjazz? Well, you have now! Opal Fly & KAPOW! join us for an unforgettable Local Live performance and interview!

SONGS
1. Allow Yourself to Coast
2. Here’s a Call
3. Newlyweds
4. Hypnotic Changes
5. Kick

Opal Fly and KAPOW! is Opal Fly - vocals, guitar, saxophone. Mark Buschkill – bass. Donn Middleton – drums.

Hosted by Jar
Engineered by Dan Withered, Jim Lang, and Matt Gwaltney
Produced by Erin Tobey
Executive Producer is Jim Manion

Interchange – The Acceptable MLK: Speech Over Action

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Host Doug Storm is joined by Rasul Mowatt and Jacinda Townsend to discuss why Martin Luther King, Jr. has been remembered and elevated to represent the struggle toward civil rights as opposed to other civil rights leaders such as Malcolm X; and how creating a “great leader” to follow can undermine the support of community movements for social and economic justice.

Rasul Mowatt is an Associate Professor in Indiana University’s School of Public Health.

Jacinda Townsend is an Assistant Professor the English Department  at Indiana University and author of the novel Saint Monkey.

Credits:

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

“Reclaiming the Legacy” – MLK Day Demonstrators Call for Justice

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A “Reclaim MLK Day” action was held last night along State Road 46 in Bloomington. The demonstration focused on the issue of police mistreatment of African-Americans and recent calls for justice for those victims. WFHB correspondent David Murphy was on the scene to talk to some of the participants for today’s WFHB community report.

Photos by Mihee Kim-Kort

 

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