Education & Workforce Development

STATEHOUSE DISPATCH: Think the state's awash in cash? Think againRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Ed Feigenbaum
Most observers assume there will be a confrontation between House Democrats, led by Speaker Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, and Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels this session. They suggest it's like watching a hockey game and just waiting for a big fight. But confrontation need not be a synonym for breakdown , and while legislative Democrats and Daniels have some different philosophies about the role of government, they also have some basic agreements on just what should be accomplished before the end...
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BRIAN WILLIAMS Commentary: Lottery could help education even moreRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Recently, Gov. Mitch Daniels put forth a proposal to privatize the Hoosier Lottery. As envisioned by the governor, a private contractor would give the state an upfront payment of at least $1 billion and pay the state a guaranteed $200 million per year for the life of the contract. Daniels has proposed two uses for the upfront payment. Dollars would be split between a) scholarships for Indiana high school students attending Indiana universities and colleges and b) funding programs to...
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Business shoved aside: Readers say city should focus on crime, education in 2007Restricted Content

January 1, 2007
Scott Olson
The brutal murders of seven family members, including three children shot dead in their east-side Indianapolis home, cast a dark cloud over the city last summer. Yet the June slayings only served as a harbinger of a wave of violence that later claimed 15 lives in a 10-day span. The crime spree rattled city leaders so severely that Mayor Bart Peterson declared an emergency normally reserved for a natural disaster. 2006 no doubt ranked among the most deadly years in...
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NOTIONS: Skip the big resolution; play New Year's "What if?"Restricted Content

January 1, 2007
Bruce Hetrick
The ball has dropped. The champagne corks have been swept from the floor. And the rose petals have been blown by the breeze down Pasadena Boulevard. And so we begin anew: Another year. Another 12 months. Another 52 weeks. Another 365 days. Another 525,600 minutes. Another chance to live and learn, work and play, grow and love. And blessed with so much time (and it is a blessing), what will you make of yourself, and those dearest to you and...
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Bringing Honda to Greensburg highlights a wild year for Daniels:Restricted Content

January 1, 2007
-Peter Schnitzler
It was a banner economic development year for Gov. Mitch Daniels, topped by the blockbuster Honda auto plant deal. Thanks in part to a second trip to Japan, Daniels landed a $550 million plant for Greensburg in June. Slated to begin production in 2008, the plant is expected to employ more than 2,000 people. Two months earlier, Daniels unveiled "Accelerating Growth," his economic development plan for the state. Its ambitious goal is to boost Hoosiers' per-capita income to the national...
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Beginning lawyers may see salary boost: Experts think big-city pay raises will trickle down hereRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Scott Olson
Starting salaries for young lawyers at the city's largest law firms could be on the cusp of hitting six figures. First-year associates at several top-tier Indianapolis practices currently earn $90,000 a year. But a wage war playing out among firms on both coasts, and in Chicago, might prompt those here to raise the ante as well. "It's just a matter of who blinks first," said Mike McConnell, a former legal consultant who chairs the state's Education Employment Relations Board. "It...
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How far does $1 billion go in the marketplace for superstar students and world-class academics?:Restricted Content

December 25, 2006
-Peter Schnitzler
Gov. Mitch Daniels proposed the Hoosier Lottery lease to fund incentives for higher education. Just how much will $1 billion buy? Daniels wants to put $600 million in a permanent endowment to finance Hoosier Hope Scholarships aimed at retaining the state's top high school graduates. Endowment proceeds, Daniels said, will pay for 1,700 scholarships annually in perpetuity. The program will hand out $5,000 annual scholarships for four-year colleges and $2,500 annual scholarships for two-year degrees. The payouts would be considered...
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SPORTS: Here are two opportunities to help our city's kidsRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Bill Benner
Almost a year ago, IBJ asked me to write a column that placed sports in an educational context. Obviously, I have great passion for the topic, having spent my life writing about sports, those who play the games, and the lessons that can be learned through participation. Sure, there are plentiful examples of excesses, and we certainly just had another in New York's Madison Square Garden. But I maintain those incidents are not reflective of sports as a whole, any...
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VIEWPOINT: Sustained momentum crucial for sessionRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Larry Gigerich
The 2007 Indiana General Assembly session will begin in January. As a result of last month's election, the House of Representatives is now controlled by Democrats, and the Senate is in the hands of Republicans. Regardless of which political party controls which branch of the Legislature, Hoosiers expect collaboration and progress. Indiana has built tremendous momentum in economic development, but more work lies ahead. The momentum must continue into 2007 and beyond. Despite our progress, Indiana must continue to be...
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U of I dean under fire from within departmentRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Chris O'Malley
Two years after Michael Shapiro was hired as dean of the business school at the University of Indianapolis, three current and three former U of I professors have filed a grievance against Shapiro, alleging that he has created a hostile work environment.
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Does gender matter in politics?: Despite high-profile wins, politics still remains a male-dominated fieldRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Julie Young
1992 was dubbed the "Year of the Woman," when four women were elected to the U.S. Senate, but 2006 may be seen as the beginning of a new women's political movement, says Marie Wilson, president of The White House Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group that's working to advance women in political office. Indiana has made some strides, but 85 years after women won the hard-fought right to vote, the number of women in elected office at the national level hasn't...
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Mixing religion, business leads to risks, rewardsRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
Navigating the intersection between creed and commerce can betricky. Fearing lawsuits, many companies prefer to avoid it whenever possible. But others unabashedly intertwine religion and business.
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NOTIONS: Holidays have you anxious? Keep them in contextRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Bruce Hetrick
Just before a month of holidays focused on giving and gratitude, I got sucked into one of those proverbial working-world messes. You know the type: A Lemony Snicketish series of unfortunate events that can put good people at odds with other good people. As I got more and more drawn in, I tensed up, lost sleep, worked late into the night, began anew in the wee hours, and otherwise got distracted from deeds that needed doing, apologies that needed saying...
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Legislators set for full-day push: Everybody seems to want all-day kindergarten, but questions linger over pace of implementation and fundingRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
It's the definition of an issue ripe for bipartisan compromise. Gov. Frank O'Bannon, a Democrat, proposed the state should underwrite full-day kindergarten in public schools. His successor and fellow Democrat, Joe Kernan, supported the idea. And now Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican, has taken up the early-education cause. "It's almost universally acknowledged to be a good idea," said Indiana Legislative Insight Publisher Ed Feigenbaum. "It's simply a matter of, 'Where do we come up with the funding?'" According to the...
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ABDUL-HAKIM SHABAZZ Commentary: The war on Christmas is imaginaryRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
With the passing of Thanksgiving, we are now in the official Holiday Season. It means a lot of things to a lot of people, including the "war on Christmas." Yes, it's the time of year when every conservative commentator and organization comes out with the "list" of examples that show America's traditional Christian roots are under attack, and the war against Christmas is living proof. I decided to do a little research. First, most of what we consider Christmas has...
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Bipartisan control will force compromises: With campaigns over, legislators get down to business on new budget, property-tax relief and other issuesRestricted Content

December 4, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
In his 2007 legislative preview for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, State Rep. Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, opened with a joke: After a politician's death, he found himself standing before the pearly gates. St. Peter offered the politician a choice of heaven or hell, prefaced by a brief preview of each. During his visit to hell, the politician was surprised to discover all his friends there. What's more, it was a terrific place to be-the most fun and raucous party he'd...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Indiana: a primer for the LegislatureRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Morton Marcus
The General Assembly is organizing itself. This is more difficult than getting fleas to join a union. But I am being disrespectful. My purpose this week is benign. I present for the consideration of our 150 legislators certain facts about Indiana and where it ranks nationally. The data are from the 2005 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. First, let's consider sex. Of the 6.1 million Hoosiers, 50.9 percent are females, which leaves 49.1 percent...
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Coming attraction: Imax theater in Noblesville: Technology lets theaters show Hollywood blockbustersRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Tammy Lieber
Once upon a time not so long ago, Imax films were nearly synonymous with museums. In Indianapolis and elsewhere, the largeformat movie screens-some as big as the side of an eight-story building-featured 40-minute films that took viewers to exotic places like outer space or the top of Mount Everest, and were usually attached to educational and cultural institutions. But technology that debuted in 2002 is bringing Imax screens to suburbia-including to Noblesville in 2008. Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Goodrich Quality Theaters...
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NOTIONS: Let's clear the air at state schoolsRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Bruce Hetrick
Long ago, I did some work for Special Olympics. In the process, I learned a semantic preference of the organization: One never says "mentally retarded people." One says "people with mental retardation." The rationale: These athletes are people first, not a condition. Long ago, I also did AIDS education and prevention work. In the process, I learned a semantic preference of health organizations and their clients: One never says "AIDS victims." One says "people with AIDS." The rationale: Those with...
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Papa program: boon or boondoggle? EYE ON THE PIE Morton Marcus:Restricted Content

November 20, 2006
The sleet was furious, but there stood Fred Fetid, my neighbor, at my front door. "May I come in?" he said. "Certainly," I responded. He took off his soaked coat. I turned on the faux fireplace in my living room, got him some bourbon and asked, "What's up?" "I'm confused," Fred said. "Just last week, Sen. Evan Bayh announced that nearly $1 million will come to the Indiana Youth Institute to encourage responsible fatherhood. It's part of a $50 million...
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Taking apart PCs, rebuilding lives: Workforce Inc. recycling program helps ex-prisoners prepare for employmentRestricted Content

November 20, 2006
Scott Olson
Timothy Smith spent 22 years behind bars for committing a violent crime he'd rather not talk about. The Indianapolis native released from prison just two months ago cannot stop praising the transitional program meant to help him and other former inmates find jobs and rebuild their lives. "This place has been a godsend for me," Smith said. "Coming out of prison, you don't have much of a job history. It gives you something to look forward to." Smith, who entered...
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Techies push for education initiatives: Daniels administration trying to heed call to build a better-equipped work force with 'Accelerating Growth' planRestricted Content

November 13, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
The numbers are daunting. According to Gov. Mitch Daniels' economic development plan "Accelerating Growth," Indiana ranks 35th out of 50 states for the proportion of its population with at least an associate's degree. Worse, it ranks 47th for bachelor's degrees. A full million Hoosiers "lack the basic skills necessary for 21st century employment," according to the plan. That's about a sixth of the state's population. High-tech leaders are increasingly focused on reversing the trend. They know the availability of a...
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Techpoint's new leader sees room to grow: Indiana making progress, but could do better, he saysRestricted Content

November 13, 2006
Scott Olson
Techpoint, a locally based technology trade group that represents the interests of about 330 members statewide, is undergoing a transition in leadership. Jim Jay, 37, has been named interim CEO following the resignation of Cameron Carter, who has led the organization since 2003. Directors should begin a formal search for a permanent replacement the first of the year. Whether Jay lands the top job remains to be seen. But in the meantime, the Butler University graduate with an entrepreneurial spirit...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Our technology woes begin in grade schoolRestricted Content

November 13, 2006
Patrick Barkey
Those of us who work for universities soon become acquainted with the concept of tenure, which is a status typically conferred upon those of faculty rank who have demonstrated to their colleagues the ability to teach and conduct research to a high standard. Those who achieve tenured status are more free to speak their minds about controversial issues, since it is much more difficult for their superiors to terminate or dismiss them without just cause. The words penned in this...
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EYE ON THE PIE: How much do property rights matter?Restricted Content

November 13, 2006
Morton Marcus
Rep. Roberta Righteous won reelection to the Indiana House again this year without opposition. We met for coffee and cinnamon rolls at a quiet spot near the Statehouse. "What's going to be this year's hot topic in the Legislature?" I asked. "Not prayer," she said. "Not abortion, not education, not even jobs. The issue will be protecting property rights." "Are property rights being threatened?" I asked, licking the frosting from my fingers. "No more than usual," she responded with a...
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