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Gov. Pence Eliminates CECI, Pushes For Appointed Board Of Education Chair

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The long running dispute between Indiana Governor Mike Pence and State Superintendent of Education Glenda Ritz seems to have switched battlegrounds. Both won their respective offices on fundamentally opposing education policy platforms. Pence adheres to the nation-wide Republican promotion of what has been labelled “school choice”, which means the use of public funds to finance vouchers for private schools and …

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Monroe County Schools Start This Week

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Local public schools opened to new and returning students Monday. Bev Smith, a spokesperson for the Monroe County Community School Corporation says that August 4 was the earliest the schools had opened for many years. This increasingly early start coincides with an early finish to the school year in year, in mid-May. No final numbers have been tabulated as to …

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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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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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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, …

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Health and Education With Glenda Ritz

 On Saturday November 23rd The Brown County Democratic Party invited the public to join a brown bag lunch session with Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and the Director and Founder of Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan Rob Stone, M.D. The event was free to the public, and included a question and answer period. Part 1 focuses on Education …

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Former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennet Under Scrutiny For Questionable Tactics While In Office

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State Democrats are keeping the pressure on Indiana’s Inspector General as an investigation continues into former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett’s actions while in office. Yesterday, Tom LoBianco of the Associated Press reported that Bennett’s office had kept Republican party campaign contributor databases on Education Department computer servers. The AP report also alleged that Bennett directed Education Department staffers …

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