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Government

Philanthropists in Muncie Finally Show Love for MCS

By: Todd Smekens Muncie,¬†IN Blog – The typical sycophants were cheering for Muncie’s Elite as the checks start rolling into Muncie Community Schools after Ball State University¬†official replaced the democratically elected school board. According to The StarPress: BSU President Geoffrey Mearns announced the Ball Brothers Foundation and the George and Frances Ball Foundation each have […]

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Education

What Grade Did Your Muncie School Receive

By: Todd Smekens BLOG – Because of changes to the state’s accountability formula, many schools saw substantial improvement last year across Indiana. Officials aren’t quick to pat themselves on the back. They’ve said because of using a component for “growth in ISTEP scores,” even a slight improvement would cause substantial growth for the school grade. […]

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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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Culture Government

Globalization Is Not the Problem

Trumpism Isn’t The Solution for the Rust Belt By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana BLOG – My immediate goal at Muncie Voice back in 2011 was to hold our local press accountable for yellow journalism (muckraking). Researching globalization and learning about neoliberalism was not even on the radar, but one thing led to another. They are […]

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Community Education

Muncie Central Early College a Reality

Muncie, IN – During a press conference this afternoon, Tim Heller, Superintendent of Muncie Community Schools and Dr. Andrew Bowne, Regional Chancellor, East Central & Richmond at Ivy Tech Community College announced the establishment of the Muncie Central Early College. The Early College programs will begin in the fall of the upcoming 2014-2015 school year […]