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Archive for August, 2013

Lawmakers Agree on “A-F” School Grading Panel

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Indiana lawmakers announced this afternoon they have agreed on the makeup of the panel that will make recommendations to the State Board of Education regarding the new A-F grading system. Under the agreement, the new grading system will use growth and individual academic performance and try to avoid student comparison based on their peers. The […]

Food Stamp of Approval, Part 2

Monday, August 26th, 2013

The experiment begins!  On Sunday I went to an area Meijer’s and purchased $38.77 worth of food to get me through the week. As you may be aware, I wrote a blog post  last week taking somewhat of an issue with my fellow Indy Star columnist Erika Smith on her argument that part of the reason people […]

“Amos & Abdul” Battle Over the Budget

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

  Today from 1-3 p.m. on the “Amos & Abdul” show,  my sparring partner and I take up Mayor Greg Ballard’s proposed budget and duke it out over Indianapolis’ financial future. You can hear it by tuning in to AM 1310, The Light or stream at PraiseIndy.Com. That won’t be the only place to find […]

Food Stamp of Approval, Part 1*

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

When I read my fellow Indy Star colleague Erika Smith’s August 17 column, “Living Off Food Stamps Leaves Children, Adults Hungry. Trust Me, I Know” I had to take issue with the basic premise of her words. I took so much of an issue with it that I decided to do a little “grocery shopping” […]

How Would the Elimination of the Local Homestead Tax Credit Impact Your Property Tax Bill?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

In an effort to assist Indianapolis residents figure out how the Ballard administration’s proposed elimination of the local Homestead property tax credit would impact their pocketbooks, Indiana Barrister  is providing a link to the city’s webpage that can show you how your tax bill would change.  Just click on the link and enter your parcel number.   I did […]

Here’s the Budget

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Ballard Proposed Budget Closes $55 Million Shortfall

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will introduce a budget Monday night that closes the city’s $55 million shortfall without raising income taxes, but it does expand the city’s tax base while holding the line on spending and adding new police officers. Due to the national economy and declining income tax revenues Indianapolis was facing a $55 […]

What Did the Superintendent Know, And When Did She Know It?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Monday’s announcement of a $14 million settlement between the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA), the National Education Association (NEA) and the Secretary of State’s Office is raising some questions that I think the current Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, needs to answer and do it soon. ISTA and the NEA were accused of engaging […]

When Should School Start?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

When it comes to answering the question as to when school should start, I try very hard not turn into that old guy who has his pants up around his chest, while wearing black socks and white shoes, yelling at those kids to get off his lawn. Unfortunately, I think I am turning into that […]