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MEREDITH: Voters spoke clearly; now give democracy a chance

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.
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MEREDITH: Involved parents can lend support to their schools

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.
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MEREDITH: Academic and career skills prepare students for life

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.
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MEREDITH: Examine excellent programs before making changes

Initially, I think Gov. Daniels should find a way to celebrate the great projects happening in teacher education.
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MEREDITH: Arts instruction reaches far beyond coursework

It seems that policymakers have created just enough direction to create stress over how to weave test scores into the evaluations of arts teachers.
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MEREDITH: Volunteers can best improve academic performance

Students who might have attendance problems tell stories about how they never missed school on tutoring day.
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MEREDITH: Valuable teaching time drained by unnecessary testing

Used properly, better standardized testing can help tell us whether standards-based reforms are working.
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MEREDITH: Most charters in Indiana lag behind their public-school peers

Why shouldn’t charter schools be held to the same level of accountability as their neighboring public school peers?
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MEREDITH: Respect, reverence has devolved to blame, distrust, sadness

The Indiana’s Department of Education appears to have an attitude that teaching is just a stopover on the way to something better.
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MEREDITH: Plan violates democratic role of the public in education

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