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Commentary: Not Pravda, just a screw-up

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Commentary: Not Pravda, just a screw-up

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence’s friends say he bristles at comparisons with his predecessor as governor, fellow Republican Mitch Daniels, so what I’m about to say might annoy him. Friends of both men say the biggest difference between them is this: Daniels has a passion for ideas, and Pence has a passion […]

Commentary: Power, money and education reform

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Commentary: Power, money and education reform

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Long ago, Lord Acton famously said, “Power tends to corrupt.” The same can be true of money. One of the many tragedies accompanying the destructive debate over education “reform” in Indiana is the way those two corrupting forces – power and money – have come together. The mini-drama surrounding […]

Commentary: Here’s how to deflate the Patriots

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Commentary: Here’s how to deflate the Patriots

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Boy, “Deflategate” sure has drained the air out of the New England Patriots’ balloon, hasn’t it? The news that someone, in violation of National Football League rules, deflated 11 of 12 footballs prior to Sunday’s AFC championship game – but after officials had inspected the footballs – with the […]

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Commentary: ‘Free’ college? Not so fast

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I have been teaching college for more than a decade, so when President Barack Obama recently announced his plan for free tuition at community college you would have thought I would have been excited. Technically, as someone who is a strong believer in higher education, I should be all on board. […]

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Commentary: Obama reminds Republicans that he’s still the prez

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s good to be the president of the United States. That’s the big lesson from the State of the Union Address – his sixth – that Barack Obama delivered Tuesday night. Just 11 weeks after his Democratic Party got shellacked in the 2014 midterm election, Obama in his hour-long […]

Guest column: BMV needs outside audits to restore public trust

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Guest column: BMV needs outside audits to restore public trust

By Rep. Dan Forestal Special to TheStatehouseFile.com In the ongoing efforts of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to convince the public that it is worthy of our confidence, the agency’s worst enemy is itself. Consider the following: In August 2013, BMV officials admitted the agency has been overcharging many drivers for their operators’ licenses […]

Commentary: We shall overcome, 21st century version

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Commentary: We shall overcome, 21st century version

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Somehow it’s fitting that the U.S. Supreme Court decided to consider states’ bans on same-sex marriages just as the nation started the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. It’s become a cliché now to say that the fight to secure equal rights for gay Americans has become this generation’s […]

Commentary: Education reform and the war on teachers’ unions

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Commentary: Education reform and the war on teachers’ unions

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – This session of the Indiana General Assembly blows away a lot of the smoke surrounding the nasty debate about education in the Hoosier state. The fighting really isn’t about children or performance or accountability or competitiveness. It really isn’t even about education. It’s about power. It’s about who wields […]

Commentary: MLK, GOP and the price of lunch

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Commentary: MLK, GOP and the price of lunch

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com The remarkable new film “Selma” is rich in small moments of insight and ambiguity, and none is more provocative than the scene in which Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr., as played by David Oyelowo, laments to Rev. Ralph Abernathy (Colman Domingo) that winning black people seats at a lunch counter means […]

Guest column: The bell-shaped curve meets education

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Guest column: The bell-shaped curve meets education

By John Guy Special to TheStatehouseFile.com This curve controls education. It suggests an impossibility that proposed reforms will work for all students. Results in any human endeavor, and in most physical and scientific experiments, are inexorably distributed according to the bell-shaped curve. The vertical axis is a number of students, teachers or schools. The horizontal […]

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