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  •  Protests? (8+ / 0-)

    I live in Indiana and I was unaware of huge protests larger than those in Wisconsin?  I am happy to hear that though because I really thought no one here but me gave a darn.  It is very easy to get into conservative areas in Indiana and literally be afraid to speak your mind if you are a Dem.

    Our superintendent of education has a tough row to hoe, I wish her well.  

    I did witness protests at the state house over passage of RTW, very stirring.

    I am amazed that our legislature gets away with so much and barely a peep from the press.  Coverage is definitely soft pedaled.

    •  Teachers from all over state were part of protests (6+ / 0-)

      about education cuts.  Republicans paid no attention, but teachers certainly did their part to get a Democrat elected as Sec. of Education.  Yes, Emily will have a her work cut out, but teachers will be watching and Republicans need to pay attention.  The damage done to Special Education in Indiana by Former Gov. Daniels borders on criminal.

      •  Well that is very interesting (5+ / 0-)

        I serve on the board of an organization that provides arts and vocational programs for peoplevwith disabilities.  For years we received nearly 1mil per yr, through federal grants to Indiana dept of education for that purpose.  Suddenly stopped in 2009.  We survived only through our brave and dedicated CEO.

        People with disabilities and their families deal with such great challenges on a day to day basis.  It is humbling.

        I am so concerned about thevstate of education in our state.  I have10 bright grandchildren who I love very much.

        •  S-I-Law's Learning Disability Student load has (3+ / 0-)
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          increased from 25 to 44 this year with possibility that will double when her co-teacher quits at end of this year. Retiring teaching positions won't be refilled in Lake County. School Board calls that "attrition," Since any pay increase a teacher in Indiana gets is based on how well students score of Standardized Tests, teachers of special needs students won't be getting salariy increases.  If you agree to teach the most vulnerable students, you will be punished.  S-I-Law's story isn't unique. The number of teachers with additional training to qualify to teach special needs students are declining in numbers even faster than other experienced teachers leaving the profession in this state.  It breaks my heart.  

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