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IPS to cluster kids who have been held back

Obviously you didnt go to school long enough to understand that you are being directed, told, informed and paid by people that have no educational background other than what you refer to. Try spouting off your attitude to your school board members and see if you have a job come Monday. I agree that most of the people that are on here complaining or giving opinions have no idea about IPS or what teachers go through in IPS. The Carmel, Lawrence, Warren, BD officianado's have NO clue. But you also need to understand that they are taxpayers and do end up deciding how much you get paid and what resources your given to do your job. Better lose that chip now or get out of teaching.  (Feb 7, 2008 | post #113)

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IPS to cluster kids who have been held back

Read a little closer......and sit in your comfortable suburban home, pretending that you understand IPS. You must be a Carmel graduate.  (Feb 7, 2008 | post #112)

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IPS to cluster kids who have been held back

I for one commend any teaching professional that dedicates their career to IPS. You are the epidemy of a selfless person and I for one know. I attended IPS for 12 yrs. and was a 3rd generation family member attending IPS. Also, my father was a 35 yr. teacher in IPS. I totally understand what you are facing and DONT GIVE UP. Eventually your efforts will be rewarded. Either by students succeeding with a great career, family or life experience or by you experiencing all of the above. My father had always told me that one of his happiest moments in his career was when a former student/graduate came back to him and said "you made a difference in my life". He knew then how important his job was. IPS is a tough gig.....keep your head up and dont let non involved parents effect what you do to effect your students.  (Feb 7, 2008 | post #105)

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Accidental smothering came a day before rehab

I would rather be burying them in a coffee can at the local dump. Idiot  (Feb 7, 2008 | post #215)

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IPS to cluster kids who have been held back

So, what you are saying is that when busing started and all of those "haughville " kids (essentially/major ity of them african american)where sent to Wayne township schools (who at the time had one of the highest C.A.T. scores in the state) werent given the opportunity for an appropriate education. All of those african american students at Warren Central in their nice new buildings and swimming pools and after school curriculars havent been given equal opportunity? All of the kids that attend Pike HS (that is approximately 70% african american) dont have appropriate ammentities or educational benefits that everyone else has. " unless some type of phenomenon happens" I think there have been several "phenomenon's " 1. EEOC 2. Rainbow Coalition 3. NAACP 4. IHRAAM 5. National Black Child Development Institute 6. National Urban League Just to name a FEW of the culturally biased society's that caucasions cant form without being called racists. Unfortunately, what you are experiencing by living in Center Township is a lack of homeowner TAX BASE, a POOR school board administration, Federal Judge Dillon past ruling that destroyed the IPS infrastructure and a bunch of kids (african american and caucasion) that have parents that accept that IPS's bullS*** and a plethora of parents and kids that dont care. So, you can either decide to get yourself out of the inner city school system, volunteer or run for a school board position, MOVE TO THE BURBS or sit and do nothing. Some reason I think the last option will be yours. RACIST  (Feb 7, 2008 | post #93)

The Indianapolis Star

IPS to cluster kids who have been held back

The majority of you people have no idea of what IPS is about. Even the parents of kids attending dont have a real clue.  (Feb 7, 2008 | post #63)

The Indianapolis Star

IPS to cluster kids who have been held back

I cant imagine what goes on in an IPS board meeting anymore. Focusing on the exception rather than the rule is insane. All of their H.S. are failing ISTEP. The kids that show up arent getting the teaching and funding they need to succeed. Instead of spending $1m on kids and parents that DONT CARE! why not spend that money on additional teachers, additional equipment, additional resources to provide that direction on kids that want to be in school. Problems that IPS students face today. 1. Overcrowded classrooms 2. No air conditioning 3. Substandard school libraries 4. VERY limited and accesible computer technology 5. Limited technology classes 6. Influx of Spanish speaking students that take teaching time away from mainstream students. 7. Limited teaching materials and necessities 8. Delapadated classroom conditions 9. Downsizing of teacher's aides 10. Limited student activities. The unfortunate term that everyone uses is "Urban School Environment". Used in a common sentence with State officials "this is a common event in an Urban school environment". Why doesnt this **** everyone off that have kids that attend IPS. If a township school is funded appropriately and has all of the glorius programs, state of the art technology, proper amount of teachers and aides, etc... then IPS should be on equal ground. A good PUMP of money from federal and state governments, TIGHT financial management by the school board (dont let the superintendant splurge) and a DEFINED 5yr and 10yr restructuring of the WHOLE district should take place.  (Feb 7, 2008 | post #51)

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Indiana shares blame for Gulf 'dead zone'

Its all about limits, its all about research and its all about understanding that there is a destructive pattern that we are following today. Freedom comes at a price. Freedom to work and play. The freedom to be a farmer. Whether it be agriculture or fishing. The price WE ALL PAY is that if an agricultural farmer decides not to limit or invest in limiting his runoff or limiting his/her use of herbacides/ pesticides, then we have situations like this. If a Fish Farmer decides not to test his/ her product for contaminates or follow State and Federal regulatory standards then we end up with poisened fish. The bottome line is that we need to start rapidly on addressing environmental concerns aggressively. The U.S. government has done its best to ignore a lot of environmental concerns. When will it stop???  (Feb 4, 2008 | post #30)

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New distribution site means 90 jobs for Plainfield

Its not the State's job to get you a job you UNION piece of crap.  (Feb 4, 2008 | post #7)

The Indianapolis Star

New distribution site means 90 jobs for Plainfield

UNIONS suck the jobs out of the country! All of you UNION scumbags-----go to Mexico, because that's where you have made companies send our jobs over the last 15 yrs.  (Feb 4, 2008 | post #6)

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ISTEP scores shake up assumptions on rankings

Just between Twnship schools there are HUGE disparities Based off of Department of Education results. For instance Decatur Central HS and Perry Meridian HS. Decatur Central 9th grade: Math 56% pass lang 57% pass Perry Meridian 9th grade: Math 62 pass lang 63% pass DC 10th Math 56% lang 61% PM 10th: Math 54% lang 61% SAT Avg. DC: 946 PM: 1007 Graduation Rate: DC: 75% PM: 77% Attendance Rate: DC: 95.5 PM: 93.% Number of Students dropped out DC: 53 PM: 22 Suspension: DC: 116 PM: 247 Expelled: DC: 24 PM: 10 Expulsion for drugs,weapons, alcohol: DC: 28 PM: 17 Perry Meridian HS enrollment: 2158 Decatur Central HS: 1632 Perry Meridian HS numbers are not stellar by any means however, they are achieving more with MORE student enrollment than DC. DC's superintendant makes $300,000 per year in perks and salary and has frivilously spent money on unneeded buildings such as an intermediate school and $1m in renovating an elementary school that had to be redistricted because of overcrowding the very next year it opened after renovations. WHAT A WASTE OF TAXPAYERS MONEY!!!! DC's drop out percentage is higher with less kids in the building. DC's SAT scores are lower, DC's grad rates are lower, Core 40 diplomas given are lower. What is Don Stinson doing for his money??????  (Feb 4, 2008 | post #45)

The Indianapolis Star

IPS: Possible budget cuts across district total $12M

Simple fact of the matter is that Judge Dillon KILLED IPS in the 80's and IPS is still eduring his ruling. All of the federal/state money that was allocated for IPS students were now given to TWSHP schools. Students that attended IPS in the 80's understand what programs were like then. The said thing is that THEY ARE STILL THAT WAY. Now that busing is dissolved, all of the tax base has moved out to the townships. Thus WHITE FLIGHT. Still IPS has to do without. It's a simple factual plan. If IPS is not funded and ran properly it will close slowly, consolidate schools, but die slowly. In the end all of the inner city kids will attend township schools and the townships will be bursting at the seams. Township school supporters/residen ts will then be griping and complaining more than ever. Several Township schools arent much more successful than IPS. Wayne & Perry Township schools ISTEP scores are in the toilet too. Theirs are trending downward, where IPS scores are trending upward a tick. I support more funding for IPS schools with conditions.  (Feb 3, 2008 | post #129)

The Indianapolis Star

IPS: Possible budget cuts across district total $12M

1. Simple fact of the matter is that if you dont attract the BEST OF THE BEST teachers into IPS, then nothing will change. Real accountability can then take place. Money well spent. All of the refurb that has taken place thus far has been to get IPS schools into the 90's. A/C, carpet,paint, and lighting. Magnet programs were put into place in the 80's to cut down on having multiple programs in multiple schools. If you switch to SMALL SCHOOL environments then EVERY School has the same programs. Magnet programs exist to help a FEW. This is a luxury program that needs to cease. Its called the tail wagging the dog. Neighborhood schools are not a Utopian idea. They get families involved in their kids education which is what is lacking in most of the cases of "Breakdown " in a childs education. EVER HEARD OF COMMUNITY SCHOOLS? This also cuts down on the amount of money spent on transportation. The day an age of a kid being bused cross town to go to school should be OVER. Privatizing busing services 100% is key. A corporately sanctioned school is what I was reffering to. Several schools around the country have showed success by taking a school and having it sponsored by a company. The kids that attend that school work about 10hrs per week as an intern and then gain scholarship assistance upon graduation. Those who dont seek post secondary education have a skill or experience within a corporation. These are just several ideas from a person that knows the IPS environment and wants to see it change and change successfully.  (Feb 3, 2008 | post #125)

The Indianapolis Star

IPS: Possible budget cuts across district total $12M

Try going to one of Indystars databases and typing in a name of one of your principals, AD's, or administrators. There you will find the real truth. I have 2 friends that are vice principals in IPS and neither of them make what was quoted. Far less to be exact. Also, have to be available YEAR ROUND.  (Feb 3, 2008 | post #124)

The Indianapolis Star

IPS: Possible budget cuts across district total $12M

No real clue? 3 generations of graduates from IPS, plus 35 yr. teaching veteran in IPS. Yeah your right no real clue.  (Feb 3, 2008 | post #123)

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