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Commentary: Todd Rokita, national lunchroom monitor

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Commentary: Todd Rokita, national lunchroom monitor

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The plan U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, has devised to cut back free and subsidized meals for poor school children reminds me of an old and cruel joke. The joke goes like this. A scientist who wanted to prove a point started experimenting with a frog. The scientist cut […]

Commentary: A referendum, not an election

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Commentary: A referendum, not an election

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Democrat John Gregg runs against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, in the gubernatorial campaign next year, the wisest strategy for the challenger might be to sit quietly in a corner somewhere. Any activity on Gregg’s part will just distract attention from the overarching issue – Pence’s contentious […]

Commentary: A  brick wall could win this race

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Commentary: A brick wall could win this race

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A few days ago, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence did some crowing about the state’s schools. Pence, a Republican, touted the way Hoosier students had performed in the National Assessment of Educational Progress test — which often is called the “nation’s report card.” Indiana fourth-graders and eighth-graders scored among the […]

Commentary: A chance to walk the walk

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Commentary: A chance to walk the walk

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the education reform movement in Indiana first started to pick up steam, everyone involved in it from the field marshals to the foot soldiers used the same buzz word. Accountability. The education reform warriors said schools and student performances weren’t going to improve until educators – particularly teachers […]

Commentary: Keep the focus on the students

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Commentary: Keep the focus on the students

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A stalwart member of the education reform crowd told me something worries him. “A few years, the discussion on our side was all about accountability, about making sure that student performance improved,” he said. “Now, the conversation more and more is about deregulation, about breaking down the bureaucracy just […]

Commentary: Education and the practice of accountability

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Commentary: Education and the practice of accountability

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans on the education committee of the Indiana House of Representatives celebrated National School Choice Week in a special way – by taking choices away from Hoosier voters who care about schools. The education committee decided, on an 8-3 party-line vote, to strip the state superintendent of public instruction […]

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: 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: A do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do movement

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Commentary: A do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do movement

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The self-proclaimed education reform movement in Indiana may have hit a tipping point in the past few days. In fact, several moves the state’s political and educational leaders took in a short period of time bring the contradictions within the movement into clear focus. For example, House Speaker Brian […]

Commentary: Glenda Ritz’s good fortune

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Commentary: Glenda Ritz’s good fortune

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s always amusing to watch otherwise smart people do stupid things. I’m thinking about the way the members of the self-proclaimed education reform crowd have let Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz get under their skin. Let’s take stock of where things are. Two years ago, Ritz, a […]

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