Carmen, the State Chamber of Commerce has come out on record saying that Indiana students are not learning enough fast enough...the basis for what we are seeing....however, for anyone who knows how students learn, the issue is that those who are below grade level need more support and more time in order to catch up and that is in direct proportion to how far behind they actually are...
Doug, it will be interesting to see who the Democrats run against Pence in 2016. There is talk about having Ritz run for governor, but from what I've seen, she doesn't have the political chops yet for that kind of race.
We are just about to the hour mark. Any final thoughts before we sign off?
Good point, Robert. There are a lot of toes in the gubernatorial water, but no one has jumped in yet.
There is a Republican philosophy that everyone should be able to pull themselves up by their boot straps...if they can't, they don't deserve help...becasue help is considered "welfare entitlements" and that is becoming equated with more funding for remediation and support for public schools.
So 2% to the Libertarian candidate?
If President Obama invited Gov. Pence and Supt. Ritz to a beer summit, what do you think would happen?
That will conclude tonight's chat. Thank you to Superintendent Lux, Carmen McCollum, Doug Ross and all the readers who provided commentary and questions. And particular thanks to the educators out there who continue to do their best to elevate our students under increasingly difficult circumstances, thanks to the dysfunction downstate. Watch The Times and nwi.com for continued coverage of education issues in Northwest Indiana and the state. Thank you and good night.