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Education Government

Muncie Teachers Association Wins Next Round

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana – The state’s “Fact-Finder” chose the Last Best Offer (LBO) submitted by the Muncie Teachers Association in a 30-page ruling opening the door for an appeal by Muncie Community Schools (MCS). Within hours, a press release came from MCS informing the public that it will most likely appeal the state’s […]

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Education Government

Muncie Community Schools: A Deeper Financial Analysis

By: Todd Smekens March 22, 2017 Muncie, Indiana – After my last article had focused on the poor financial condition of Muncie Community Schools, social media and even broadcast news opened up the floodgates of misinformation. Some city council members tried to prey on the misinformation and fears, but it backfired. Also, readers want to […]

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Culture Education

Where Free Speech Ends, Ignorance Begins

Where Free Speech Ends, Ignorance Begins March 15, 2017 by Michael Winship This post first appeared on BillMoyers.com. At the risk of sounding like a geezer complaining about “these kids today,” back in my college days, when it came to points of view we were unhesitatingly exposed to literature, teachers and on-campus speakers covering the […]

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Education Government

City Council Takes On Teacher Issue – Complete Failure

Campaigning City Officials Lack Understanding By: Todd Smekens Date: March 7, 2017 Muncie, Indiana NEWS– Dan Ridenour, District 2 council member for the City of Muncie, invited concerned citizens to last night’s meeting to hear about his plans for addressing the near $15 million cash shortfall. It was clear he was preying on the concerns […]

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Education Government

Muncie Community Schools “Has a Checkbook Problem”

By: Todd Smekens March 2, 2017 Muncie, Indiana BLOG – I’ll be honest, I’ve tried to avoid reporting on the negative issues surrounding Muncie Community Schools. My previous article called on the community to work together with Dr. Steven Baule. Quite frankly, the negative energy swirling around this subject is overwhelming. Ultimately, this is about our […]

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Community Education

Muncie Community Schools Needs Community Approach

Todd Smekens February 11, 2017 Muncie Community Schools in Peril Muncie, Indiana – I’ve spent the past two months assisting the federal government with administering assessments in schools across Indiana. This has given me an opportunity to speak with administrators in both rural and urban schools. They are all very much aware of local, state […]

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Education Mind

Raising the Leaders of Tomorrow: How Your Child Can Become a Global Citizen

Creating Global Leaders Today Muncie, Indiana NEWS– You have dreams that your child will become an upstanding individual who embodies a thoughtful, well-informed and passionate character. There are ways you can foster your child’s development into a global citizen. By using a number of resources — whether it be a travel abroad experience or exposure […]

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Education

Muncie Schools: Leadership Isn’t a Popularity Contest

Muncie, Indiana NEWS– I met with Dr. Stephen Baule, Superintendent of Muncie Community Schools, and found him to be a transformational leader which is exactly what our school system needs. After thirty minutes with him, I left the meeting with two other gentlemen who were equally impressed and all of us agreed, “Muncie school system […]

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Business Education

Ball State Claims, “No Teacher Shortage”

Muncie, Indiana – The Center for Media & Democracy, who investigates the American Legislative & Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Charles & David Koch corporate funded bill mill, said recently, be ready for Indiana Policy Review to spread propaganda refuting the teacher shortage in Indiana. It took less than a month before the Koch paid […]

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Education

School Choice Is Meant to Abolish Public Schools

MUNCIE, Indiana NEWS – We’ve been using our Facebook page over the summer as a publishing platform to see if it has more impact than creating content online and sharing on social media sites. Owning the content has advantages, but readers enjoy advertising free sites. Content consumers, when giving the choice, choose no advertising or […]