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Indiana Education Reform Developed in Boardrooms

Rich Hoosiers Meddling in Indiana Education Reform By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana (BLOG)– There will be a march today in the Statehouse Atrium at 2:00 pm to protest the handling of democratically elected Superintendent of Public Education, Glenda Ritz. It’s mainly to protest the stripping of her powers by Governor Mike Pence and the Republican-led […]

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Community Culture

Grassroots Education Reform, Not Statehouse Reform

MUNCIE, IN (NEWS) – We’ve written much about education reform in Indiana over the past several years. We covered the intense beginnings of Glenda Ritz taking office and her clash with Governor Mike Pence. Union leaders versus corporate reformers. Autocratic versus democratic reform. Teacher led versus politician led campaigns. You can now toss in the […]

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Education Government

FreedomWorks: “Progressives” Behind Common Core?

FreedomWorks and Tea Party Attacking Public Education to Eliminate “Progressives” MUNCIE, Indiana – Never before in our history has the need to use skepticism and critical thinking been so abundantly necessary. The media doesn’t fact check, nor do they care where the information is coming from. If you’re Fox News, you have script writers who […]

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Government

Glenda Ritz is the Right Leader at the Right Time

MUNCIE, Indiana – The annual Team Democrat Banquet was this past week with Sue Errington and featured speaker Glenda Ritz, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, who won a huge election victory last year against the corporate reformer’s chosen pick, Tony Bennett. In attendance were Delaware County office holders such as Sheriff Michael Scroggins, Commissioner Larry […]

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Government

CECI Wants to Strip Glenda Ritz of Her Role

Glenda Ritz Discovers Email Planning Her Removal as Chair for SBOE MUNCIE, Indiana – If Mike Pence’s plan was to hang out for four years in the Governor’s mansion earning points from his Tea Party cronies waiting to see if a run for president was in the cards for him in 2016, he might be […]

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Business Education

Indiana: Why Mike Pence vs Glenda Ritz is Important

MUNCIE, Indiana – Why should Hoosiers care about the education fisticuffs of Mike Pence and Glenda Ritz? For the same reason Hoosiers should take notice when Dr. Diane Ravitch, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education and national education historian, backs the campaign of a school board seat in Seattle, Washington. Muncie Voice has shared plenty […]

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Education

Muncie: Parents Glimpse Into Future of Education Reform

MUNCIE, INDIANA – Education reform has been covered often on Muncie Voice. It’s not a topic exclusive to Muncie, or Indiana, so there are lessons which can be learned from other communities NPR’s Claudio Sanchez wrote an article about the difficulties in Philadelphia’s school system. If you live in Muncie, Indiana, you should read it. […]

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Education

Indiana Education Reform: Why All the Dysfunction?

MUNCIE, INDIANA (news) – We’ve experienced lots of excitement in Muncie with our bus referendum and school consolidation issues. At the state level, Indiana education reform is offering plenty of headlines, but only a few of us know why. For those of you living in the county who think you’re immune to all the challenges, […]

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Education

Education Reform Needs a Paradigm Shift

Like the majority of our societal systems in the 21st century, the educational system is undergoing dramatic changes. Our educational system was built by the same people who built assembly lines to mass produce automobiles – teachers add one more unit of “knowledge and skills” to the student – year after year. At the end […]

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Education

Ethical Lapses Plague Republican Education Reformers

Education Reformers in Indiana are Poor Role Models MUNCIE, Indiana – The Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette jumped on the ethics bandwagon within Indiana by calling out the lack of ethics surrounding Ivy Tech’s board member Bruce Walkup and Rob Carter, director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources until he left that post for a […]