On Tuesday December 10th Indiana Governor Mike Pence outlined his agenda for handling Hoosier education in 2014. He praised Indiana standardized test scores and announced an initiative to provide grants directly to teachers, and stressed innovation in education. Highlights from his speech, here for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
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On Tuesday a newly assigned diversity official at the Monroe County Community School Corporation said minority employees there are mostly pleased with their work environment.
Diane Hanks, the corporation’s diversity and talent specialist, said her office held forums last month for employees from underrepresented groups.
“Generally the employees were satisfied and feel comfortable in their respected environment,” Hanks said, “Their work environment is inclusive regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability and age.”
The forums were a response to the same controversy that led to the creation of Hanks’ new position.
Many community members were angry when the corporation promoted a white administrator to be principal at Tri-North Middle School. Hanks had also applied for the job, and some alleged that racial bias affected the decision, especially because Hanks had more experience as an administrator.
During that controversy, some MCCSC employees of color said a lack of diversity at the Corporation was a problem. And in her report this week, Hanks said there are indeed still issues that need addressed.
Hanks went on to say that the corporation should address concerns from employees who want more information about how to advance within the corporation.
Food stamp delivery dates are set to change starting this January; The result of a nationwide test shows that Hoosier students rank among the top four states in math and reading; The Morgan-Monroe State Forest Back-Country Area, or BCA, is being logged for the second time since its designation as a BCA by Governor Orr in 1981; The Ellettsville Town Council agreed Monday to carve out an exemption from pending regulations on secondhand shops, in hopes of protecting a local coin dealer; The Bloomington Board of Public Works approved a four hundred and seventy-three thousand dollar contract December 3rd, for work on a new intersection on the north side of town.
ISTA Settlement: The State Responds
Continuing our story from yesterday’s Daily Local News—Valerie Kroeger, from the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, talks about the out-of-court settlement between the Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Teachers association, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
Just in time for the holidays, there’s a new kind of card skimmer that is impossible for you to spot, and allows a thief to empty your bank account before you know it. We’ll tell you how to protect yourself on a new edition of our consumer watchdog segment Bloomington Beware!
Anchors: Cathi Norton, Kelly Wherley
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Casey Kuhn,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services.
Bloomington Beware was produced by Richard Fish,
Ilze Akerbergs produced our feature.
Our engineer is Jim Lang,
Editor is Drew Daudelin, Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
A weekly snapshot of how people of all ages can match their time and talents to local needs. Each week Volunteer Connection brings you the “featured five” – five ways to get involved NOW! Volunteer Connection is a co-production of WFHB and the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, working together to build an empowered, vibrant, and engaged community!
This week on Interchange host Doug Storm speaks with Sara Pryor, Provost Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Geological Sciences at Indiana University and editor of two books on Climate Change the most recent being Climate Change in the Midwest: Impacts, Risks, Vulnerability and Adaptation. This is a return visit to Interchange for Sara having joined host Colin Allen back in 2010. Pryor gives us a kind of update on the state of the art in Climate Science as well as offering insight into the ways we’re likely to experience climate change and what we might do about it. That is, the ways that our actions have affected and are affecting the next 100 years and beyond.
We try to put flesh on the epigraph that opens the new book: a quote from John Holdren, the US Presidential Science Advisor for 2010 that reads: “What we need is enough mitigation to avoid unmanageable climate change and enough adaptation to manage unavoidable climate change.”
Featured Photo Courtesy of Indiana University
On Tuesday, October First The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce presented an educational forum. The forum was open to the public and featured audience discussions. Speakers included Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s State Superintendent and Jeb Conrad, President of The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. This event was recorded on Location at Deer Park Manor by Community Access Television Services for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.
The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, in partnership with the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, has announced four recipients of its Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone Arts Grant Program. The four projects selected for the grant are Bloomington Symphony Orchestra’s A Lifetime of Music, Cardinal Stage Company, the Farmer House Museum, and Bloomington resident Cassaundra Huskey. Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts in Bloomington, says all of these programs have demonstrated public benefit, directly or indirectly. She says Huskey’s mural beautification project, at the building next to the Playwrights Project, is a great example of community collaboration.
The program is designed to facilitate arts projects that benefit residents of the urban enterprise zone, a geographic area that covers some of downtown Bloomington, as well as areas to the north and west.
This year, recipients of the Urban Enterprise Zone Arts Grant Program will receive up to four thousand dollars.
In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son Matthew to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Tonight, as an activist who speaks out against anti-gay violence, Shepard comes to Indiana University to talk about her experience and her goal to make schools and communities safer for everyone. News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Shepard for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.