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MEREDITH: Voters spoke clearly; now give democracy a chance

November 30, 2013
Despite being an underdog in her first run for public office, Glenda Ritz defeated incumbent Tony Bennett to become Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction in November.

MEREDITH: Involved parents can lend support to their schools

November 3, 2012
I do not think parents need a trigger law to allow them to do what they should be doing already by advocating for their children.

MEREDITH: Academic and career skills prepare students for life

September 29, 2012
I stopped into a local discount store on a stormy night this month and purchased items totaling less than $40. Lightning had struck the store and registers were not working. The manager gave clerks calculators and instructed them on how to track purchases.

MEREDITH: Examine excellent programs before making changes

September 1, 2012
Initially, I think Gov. Daniels should find a way to celebrate the great projects happening in teacher education.

MEREDITH: Arts instruction reaches far beyond coursework

August 4, 2012
It seems that policymakers have created just enough direction to create stress over how to weave test scores into the evaluations of arts teachers.

MEREDITH: Volunteers can best improve academic performance

June 30, 2012
Students who might have attendance problems tell stories about how they never missed school on tutoring day.

MEREDITH: Valuable teaching time drained by unnecessary testing

June 2, 2012
Used properly, better standardized testing can help tell us whether standards-based reforms are working.

MEREDITH: Most charters in Indiana lag behind their public-school peers

May 5, 2012
Why shouldn’t charter schools be held to the same level of accountability as their neighboring public school peers?

MEREDITH: Respect, reverence has devolved to blame, distrust, sadness

March 31, 2012
The Indiana’s Department of Education appears to have an attitude that teaching is just a stopover on the way to something better.

MEREDITH: Plan violates democratic role of the public in education

March 3, 2012
Indiana policymakers should not disregard the democratic will of the public in an attempt to push the reform efforts statewide.

MEREDITH: Use available technology first to improve learning

February 4, 2012
Yes, they could call a helpline, but they would land in an automated system, leave a message and days later might get a response.

MEREDITH: Let's not be so quick to abandon schools in peril

January 7, 2012
The state is failing our schools and then punishing the very schools that carry the heaviest burden.

MEREDITH: State, parental action plans would bring better results

November 12, 2011
I’d also suggest that a legislative action plan be created that would actually require policymakers to fully fund the standards that they put in place more than a decade ago.

MEREDITH: Don't cut corners on traditional, thorough preparation

October 8, 2011
Educators coming to the classroom from a non-traditional path might be an expert in their field, but they have no training in the art of educating students.

MEREDITH: Design districts with both students and the community in mind

September 10, 2011
The entire school culture would be developed to improve expectations and accountability for both its students and community.

MEREDITH: Parents are just one piece of intricate education puzzle

August 6, 2011
Policymakers, schools and educators must be realistic in their expectations for parents with the challenges families face.

MEREDITH: Diplomas don't guarantee mastery of work or life skills

July 9, 2011
A diploma cannot guarantee commendable performance in college, respectable employment or even success in life.

MEREDITH: Early childhood education offers huge bang for the buck

June 11, 2011
It is vital that Indiana legislators begin to address the growing need for quality pre-kindergarten experiences.

MEREDITH: Questions are legion as critical reform details fall into place

May 7, 2011
In the end, the unintended consequences may be that Indiana is left without the high-quality teachers it needs to prepare our students for success.

MEREDITH: Bashing dedicated teachers is no way to reform education

April 9, 2011
Teachers simply cannot be made the scapegoats in the education reform debate. This merely distracts from the real issues at hand.

MEREDITH: Community leaders know what's best for their schools

March 12, 2011
It seems clear that local control of school calendar issues should be based on what is best for the students in local settings and not about the bottom dollar of profit.

MEREDITH: Build evaluations on widely accepted teaching standards

February 12, 2011
I want the best teachers for my children, and I believe certain ideals should be considered when determining whether Indiana teachers meet the definition of the best teachers.

MEREDITH: Students achieve more under collective bargaining

January 8, 2011
Recent reform measures—aimed at blaming teachers’ unions for all that ails public schools—claim that negotiated agreements are a large part of student achievement problems. Yet research shows that Indiana students fare better in school corporations where teachers have the right to collectively bargain.

MEREDITH: Legislators must ask right questions about education

December 11, 2010
Indiana politicians clearly are divided on the “silver bullet” that will reform schools, but in reality, there is no simple solution to such a complicated issue.
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