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The root of Indiana's myriad problems

November 22, 2010
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Longtime economist Morton Marcus says the objective truth is that Indiana is in decline. He also insists the solution is a change in the culture, not just job creation.
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Prepare for a (good) schools arms race

November 11, 2010
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Imagine a future in which Indiana school districts bid up salaries for star teachers to $100,000 or more to develop a district specialty in a field like science or math, and cause students to excel.
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Filling Fong's outsized shoes at Butler

November 8, 2010
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University trustees will ask the next president to continue building on The Butler Way.
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Privatized economic development still controversial

October 11, 2010
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Indiana's system collects mixed reviews as candidates for governor in other states criticize their public agencies.
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Bayh likely to run for governor, party official says

September 7, 2010
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Marion County Democratic chief Ed Treacy expects an announcement after the first of the year.
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Indiana bombs in rankings of 'new economy' states

August 25, 2010
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State has a dire future if Business Facilities' latest lists are any indication.
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Market losses hammer Indiana colleges

August 16, 2010
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Three institutions flagged by U.S. Department of Education financial responsibility test.
 
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DePauw's tricky decision

August 3, 2010
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Was spurning Carmel hazing suspect the right call?
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Expert: The end to sedentary lifestyles is in sight

July 15, 2010
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Physical and mental problems tied to inactivity are pushing both government and the private sector to force changes, Bradford Woods chief says.
 
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An ode to utility workers

July 13, 2010
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They're some of the most stable people in the state, a new study shows.
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Merit pay fireworks in the next General Assembly?

June 4, 2010
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A Republican takeover might spark a run at teacher merit pay and even right-to-work legislation.
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Downstream problems with professionals

June 2, 2010
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Should engineers be required to spend time in repair shops, and architects with the lunch bucket crowd?
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The perils of measuring 'success'

May 10, 2010
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A philanthropy expert thinks donors could unwittingly undermine their dollars and time by insisting on too much documentation.
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Are teachers unions the new UAW?

April 15, 2010
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The Indiana State Teachers Association might shoot itself in the foot in its standoff with the state’s school chief.
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Will Tony Bennett's school reforms hurt struggling students?

April 8, 2010
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A plan to get more parents interested in their children’s performance in school and reward good teachers might inadvertently strip resources from students who most need the help most.
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Where Fong should take Butler next

April 5, 2010
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Butler president should pounce on the outpouring of basketball publicity, former IUPUI chancellor urges.
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Are branch-campus degrees as good?

April 1, 2010
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Debating whether stigmas should be attached to sheepskins from university outposts.
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A tip for getting into vet school

March 31, 2010
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Like cattle, hogs and other big farm animals? You’re now considered a diversity candidate.
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What universities can learn from a steel mill

March 12, 2010
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Steel Dynamics is highly competitive partly because employees are compensated on how much money they save. Should Purdue and other universities take notice?
 
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Education by statistics

February 10, 2010
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Inconceivable as it might sound, will the increasing focus on academic performance in public schools give private schools a run for their money? It wouldn't be the first time statistics upset an apple cart.
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Indy turns architectural corner

February 8, 2010
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A Ball State architect thinks Indianapolis residents will like what they see in the new J.W. Marriott hotel downtown and beat drums for more interesting buildings.
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Two recipes to improve Indy

January 26, 2010
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City father and Indiana Pacers chief Jim Morris says Indianapolis will rise or fall depending on how well the city nurtures children and connects with the world. So, how are we doing?
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Osteopathy and Indiana Wesleyan

January 15, 2010
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The Indiana Osteopathic Association passed over a virtually certain $75 million in startup funding from Indiana Wesleyan University to choose Marian University for its new osteopathic college.
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The other two elite colleges

January 13, 2010
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Debating why Earlham and Taylor grads don't take their places alongside peers from DePauw and Wabash.
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Outsiders as school superintendents

January 8, 2010
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A change in rules for school administrators opens the door to people outside the traditional education establishment.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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