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Indiana lawmaker seeks Purdue trustees' resignations

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A Democratic state lawmaker asked Purdue University's trustees to resign Tuesday for giving President Mitch Daniels a bonus amid the recent firestorm over his efforts as governor to keep a liberal historian's textbook out of Indiana classrooms.

Rep. Charlie Brown of Gary, a frequent critic of the former governor, questioned the "collective sanity" in a letter to the board after it voted Friday to award Daniels more than $58,000 for his first six months on the job.

"I believe both your president and you, members of the board who supported this conduct, will be acting in the public's best interest by resigning your posts as soon as possible," Brown wrote. "While I suspect this request will fall upon deaf ears, I think you all owe the Purdue community and the general public a more thorough airing of the rationale for these recent moves than we have seen to date."

The vote followed revelations that Daniels tried to keep radical historian Howard Zinn's work out of Indiana K-12 classrooms while governor and wanted to ensure it didn't count toward teacher training credit.

A Purdue spokesman said the trustees had not yet read the letter and would not comment.

Daniels ordered staff to "disqualify the propaganda" used in teacher preparation courses in emails obtained by The Associated Press. He said he wanted to keep Zinn out of K-12 and fully supports academic freedom.

Daniels appointed most of Purdue's trustees. Keith Krach, who stepped down as board chairman minutes after approving Daniels' $58,000 bonus, said last week knowing of the emails during last year's presidential search would not have changed his mind on Daniels' selection.

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  • Glad I'm a Hoosier
    Even if you don't count all the NCAA men's basketball championship banners hanging in Assembly Hall, there are many reasons to be glad I didn't go to Purdue. Mitch Daniels is just another thing to add to the list. I heard he is going to privatize the math department at Purdue and sell the football stadium to a Chinese company and lease it back. It will save money! It will be great short term! It's a win-win! Fortunately for Mitch, he is dealing with Purdue grads so they are a little slow to catch on. He'll be on to the next job before they figure out how bad he is at his job.
  • Why Print This?
    Why would you print this story for an obvious grandstander? There is nothing newsworthy about this man reach for some press to show the people back home he is "down".
  • TEAM
    Why not keep a successful team together PR Chef? Dupree, do you have a problem with wealthy business men? Without these individuals where would people work? Oh, and why would anyone go to college? Libs must think that people go to college to learn the liberal agenda...WOW, that is not the case!! They go there so that they have a better opportunity to become a wealthy businessman/ woman. Think about what you say before you say it. Mitch will make Purdue a financial success just like he did our fine state.
  • Try This Instead
    Rep. Brown would be better served in trying to change the way Purdue handles its trustee appointments and make them in line with the way IU does it. Some appointed by Governor and others elected by alumni association. Call the Presidents office at PU and ask how you can become a trustee and no one seems to how it's done (and it was that way long before his Mitchiness arrived).
    • Mitch was right about Zinn
      Dupree must not have majored in History. If he had, he would know how revisionist (and wrong) the Zinn book is.
    • Having read Zinn books.....
      Calling the Zinn book radical or liberal is a misrepresentation. I have read the book in question, a best seller. I suspect what Mitch disliked was the many articles of business mistreatment to employees. Including product safety, unsafe labor conditions, and plain abuse of labor. Mitch, an elitist, seems to believe business can do no harm. In this case, Mitch wanted to ban a book that says historically, business has done wrong, with government indifference or approval. (Much like Mitch did while governor...or at IPL..and now at Purdue...etc.) Mitch is good at talking and working around what he is doing. His attacks on public education were not attacks because he hates education, but because he wants rich businessmen to be richer....more cuts to corporate taxes so individuals can pay more. I try and ignore what Mitch says and watch what Mitch does. We agree Mitch loves businessmen. We don't agree that giving businessmen free hands is good for Indiana or the labor force. We will not agree that the employment contract with Purdue is ethical.
    • Wah Wah
      Charlie please go back to playing football with Linus, Pig Pen and Lucy. You're much more successful at that then legislating. Let's look into your past and see how many relatives you have gotten jobs in Lake County.
    • SORE LOOSER
      Golly, gee! Won't the DEMONCRAPTS ever get over how badly they mismanaged the legislature under Pat Bauer? THE PEOPLE have spoken through the ballot box and punished them by removing them as a majority in both houses. Sour grapes, and all that. Get over it and move on already. Attacking one of the most successful Governors in Indiana history is not the way to WIN THE HEARTS & MINDS of the voters. Charlie Brown, you are indeed comical. Time to just resign and get a real job for a change, rather than trying to emulate your FAILED Pat Bauer.

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