Stellar success in IRead scores
The Vigo County School Corp. is especially grateful to all the dedicated teachers, support staff and parents who contributed to the stellar success of our summer Math Magic/Reading Wonders Program. As a result of superb instruction and phenomenal parental involvement, the Vigo County School Corp. obtained a 90.3 passing rate for the overall 2013 IREAD-3 (including spring and summer re-test results).
Vigo County has definite reason to celebrate our performance given that the district’s poverty rate, special education percentage, and student mobility rate (factors known to negatively impact reading achievement) are significantly higher than the state average.
For purposes of comparison, IREAD-3 scores from Indiana’s top 10 largest urban districts include: Indianapolis Public Schools (76.8); Fort Wayne Community Schools (86.1); Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. (86.6); South Bend Community School Corp. (84.0); MSD Wayne Township (84.4); MSD Lawrence Township (87.6); School City of Hammond (84.7); MSD Perry (84.6); and Elkhart Community Schools (85.1). Vigo County shines especially bright with a passing rate of 90.3.
The Vigo County School Corp. is most appreciative of the positive acknowledgment and support we receive from the Terre Haute community.
We also owe much gratitude to the Vigo County Education Foundation and the Covered Bridge Education District for all they do to help us promote and improve student reading.
— Valarie A. Bailey
VCSC Curriculum Coordinator
Reflections on Bill and Hillary
In a perilous world when the only certainty is uncertainty, anything can happen. Even an attempt by Islamic Jihad to bring down the newly built One World Trade Center.
Nonetheless, I will bet a hundred bucks to a jelly bean that Hill, if she runs, will be the first female president of the USA in 2016. This means — Holy Cow! — Bill could total 16 years in the White House if Hill wins re-election in 2020. Not a bad joint to luxuriate in for so many years. Not to mention the power that comes with it. And don’t forget the culinary delights that make every meal a gourmet occasion. And you don’t have to do the dishes.
Since Madame President will outrank the First Man, she could mandate a binge-alert and waist-watch on Bill, a man who can resist anything except temptation.
In any case, the Chief Executive and the First Man will enjoy digs as close to palatial royalty as Americans ever get.
A slogan for the presidential campaign: “Elect me. Get Bill free!”
For better or for worse, it’s sure to be a co-presidency. Bill, in or out of office, is not easily muzzled.
But don’t bet on Hill playing second fiddle. She’s been there, done that, much of her political life. It’s time to move on and move up.
So stay tuned. The future could be fun.
By the way, another slogan hit me: “Behold: the Second Coming for one and the First Coming for the other.”
On second thought, forget it. The devout might take umbrage at comparing ex-prez Bill Clinton to you know who.
— Saul Rosenthal
Stellar success in IRead scores
Editorial: Our children in poverty
An important gauge for measuring the long-term prospects of a community is the well-being of its children. For all the effort and progress Vigo County has made in rebuilding the economy and improving its quality of life, chronic problems with the welfare of its children still exist.
- Readers' Forum: March 14, 2014
RONN MOTT: Ukraine 2
The situation in the Ukraine should let us know plainly, and openly, the old saying about a leopard never changing its spots is true. Vladimir Putin is a KGB officer, grew up a communist and, from all appearances, still believes like a communist.
EDITORIAL: Meth battle never ends
It’s been more than a decade since local police officials declared methamphetamine as “public enemy No. 1.”
READERS' FORUM: March 13, 2014
• Celebrating the Girl Scouts
• Challenging the politicians
EDITORIAL: Warm thoughts on a cool day (Part III)
• Resolving to praise ISU
• Right down our alley
- READERS' FORUM: March 12, 2014
RONN MOTT: SAWS
A few days ago we talked to John Anderson of the Greencastle Presbyterian Church. He’s the coordinator for a mission of the church that builds ramps and stairs for those who are physically handicapped in Putnam County.
EDITORIAL: Thinking warm thoughts (Part II of III)
• Renewing a local library commitment
LIZ CIANCONE: We’re not only ones ready for springtime
During the most recent of our numerous descents into polar temperatures, I was astounded to see a dozen or more robins up to their ankles in snow. They were fluffed out to about twice their normal size. I suppose that was an effort to provide a bit of feathered insulation against the cold.
READERS' FORUM: March 11, 2014
• Meat-free path to the fountain of youth
• Faulty point?
EDITORIAL: Warm thoughts on cool days (Part I of III)
• Something good’s brewing
• Y we can’t take it for granted
FLASHPOINT: Where Congress falls short, and where it doesn’t
At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question because it forced me to step back from worrying about the current politics of Capitol Hill and take a longer view.
READERS' FORUM: March 10, 2014
• Our government’s heart and soul
• A plea for more give and take
MARK BENNETT: New public-access point begins quest to create more spots to experience river
Fairness holds no power over the Wabash River.
EDITORIAL: Ads on the sides of school buses? What have we come to?
Ads on the sides of school buses do not constitute a sign of the apocalypse. Western civilization will survive.
Flashpoint: President should stop Medicare Advantage cuts
Virtually all elected officials — Republicans and Democrats — share the goal of increasing access to affordable health insurance and helping families receive the best coverage to meet their specific needs.
Readers’ Forum: March 9, 2014
Mardi Gras great event for Swope
EPA regs will cause energy bills to soar
Please pray for Ukraine innocents
Sinful thinking on road to hell
Liberty — or licentiousness
People will not always agree
Botched chance at leadership
RONN MOTT: Radio now a long lost love
I fell in love with radio when I was 16, just a few short weeks before my 17th birthday. The man who did the deed and hired me was Adlai Ferguson.
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news
Welcome to girls teams, fans
You can say that again
Reader Poll results
EDITORIAL: What do Sony cutbacks mean?
It is easy to understand why shivers run down local people’s spines whenever rumors hit the streets about Sony DADC’s plant on Terre Haute’s east side. With more than 1,400 people currently employed in Sony’s production and distribution facilities, the community has grown somewhat dependent on the economic stability Sony provides.
- Readers’ Forum: March 7, 2014
RONN MOTT: Knicks
The big noise in the NBA is whether Carmelo Anthony will stay with the New York Knicks or go elsewhere.
If my memory serves, and it doesn’t always, Carmelo left the Denver Nuggets, the team that drafted him, to play in the bright lights of the Big Apple. It was loudly proclaimed at the time that Carmelo wanted to play for a championship team. The Knicks’ ownership bought a bunch of players and spent a whole bunch of money to aid Carmelo in helping the Knicks to get to a championship.
EDITORIAL: More ill will against gays
If you’re a feral cat wandering freely through a trailer park in Indiana, the General Assembly has taken action to make your life better.
Readers’ Forum: March 6, 2014
Utilities do need tighter regulation
Great work by TV sports staff
Editorial: A good place for persistence
The topic of Gov. Mike Pence’s effectiveness as the state’s top governmental leader during this year’s General Assembly will be hashed and rehashed after the session closes down in the next couple of weeks. At best, the first-term governor will get mixed marks.
- Readers’ Forum: March 5, 2014
RONN MOTT: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington
I remember when by edict the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were lumped into a single celebration called “Presidents Day.” I thought it was stupid then, and I still do.
LIZ CIANCONE: Antiques show better than any modern programs
I’m not a big fan of television.
Readers’ Forum: March 4, 2014
Lunatic ravings of the far right
Let IRS take the bullying pledge
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