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Every day, teachers across the nation work tirelessly to help students succeed in school and beyond. All too often, their commitment to our children goes unnoticed. If we want Indiana’s schools to be centers of excellence, we must elevate the status of the teaching profession and give our educators the support, recognition, and respect they deserve. With this goal in sight, Hoosier lawmakers passed legislation in 2011 that shines a spotlight on great teaching and rewards excellent instruction.


March 11, 2014 via IndyStar

Tully: Don’t write off students just because they’re poor

There I was Tuesday morning, scrolling through the comments below a column my colleague Tim Swarens wrote about school testing and the unfortunate remarks made recently in Indianapolis by education historian/education-reform critic Diane Ravitch. Full article

March 7, 2014 via IndyStar

Diane Ravitch’s opposition to accountability isn’t realistic

I had to read the quote twice -- even after I had seen it on Twitter the night before -- to believe that someone as smart, and scholarly, as Diane Ravitch had said it. Full article

February 14, 2014 via IndyStar

Teachers union should offer alternatives, not just criticism

All kids have the potential to learn and improve, no matter where they’re growing up. IPS kids are no different. They deserve the opportunity to attend a high quality school and receive instruction from a great teacher. Full article

February 6, 2014 via heraldargus.com

Teacher honored for work

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December 13, 2013 via IndyStar

Education getting attention for wrong reasons

National pundits are watching education in Indiana for the wrong reasons. Full article

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February 27, 2014 posted by Brent Kent

New Education Agency Brings Stakeholders Together

House Republicans were correct to support the creation of The Center for Education and Career Innovation (CECI). Read more

August 20, 2013 posted by Brent Kent

Why Recent Layoffs Won’t Turn Gary Schools Around

Following years of declining enrollment and a budget deficit, Gary Community School Corporation recently announced the layoff of 95 teachers, or 14% of the district’s staff. In accordance with the teachers’ union contract, these layoffs will be determined based solely on seniority, not effectiveness. Read more

August 6, 2013 posted by George Parker

I believe our kids deserve better.

We have much work to do to ensure that black children in Indiana get a fair shot at a great education. Read more

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