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
Readers’ Forum: Aug. 1, 2014
• Oppose killing, vote for peace
• Unbiased truth of property taxes
• Bravos for plays by young thespians
RONN MOTT: Disc Jockeys
I know this is going to sound a little like “sour grapes,” but it is not. I just passed my 61st anniversary of being involved in radio. I also spent some television time in Canada and did a local TV talk show. But, my main effort was in the good old USA in various radio markets.
EDITORIAL: Greater course loads can mean quicker degrees
The impact of Indiana’s low education attainment level shows up in Hoosiers’ paychecks.
The state ranks 40th in the U.S. in the percentage of residents with college diplomas.
Readers’ Forum: July 31, 2014
• Stamp of approval
• Great job, WAXI
- Readers’ Forum: July 30, 2014
RONN MOTT: Colonoscopy No. 5
I just finished up my fifth colonoscopy last week. It had been seven years since my last one, and since my father and grandfather died of colon cancer I find it advisable to go through this procedure in attempting to live as long as I can.
Readers’ Forum: July 29, 2014
• Anything goes with the liberals
• Deserter does not deserve discharge
• Outrage lacking on IRS scandal
LIZ CIANCONE: Next century? Hope strikes out again for ‘our’ team
It is a case of hope trumping experience that my Best Friend and I looked forward to the 2014 baseball season.
Readers’ Forum: July 28, 2014
• Tea party folks misunderstood
• We have only us to blame
MARK BENNETT: Hall of Memories: Names, images of baseball greats trigger connections to our own past
Baseball Hall of Famers are just people. Totally human. Still, for Americans who follow the national pastime, those players represent a nostalgic connection to summers gone by.
Editorial: Community support crucial for workers facing layoffs
The loss of 150 jobs impacts people — the employees themselves, their families and the community. They need the support of loved ones, friends, neighbors, churches, schools, clubs and local service groups in the search for new work and clarity amid the uncertainty.
- Readers' Forum: July 27, 2014
Flashpoint: Why incumbents keep getting re-elected
Nearly three-quarters of Americans want to throw out most members of Congress, including their own representative, yet the vast majority of incumbents will be returning to Capitol Hill in January.
Flashpoint: Spreading the good word about marriage equality
If you blinked over the past month, you probably missed some news about marriage equality in Indiana.
Ronn Mott: Gaza 2014 — hatred lives on
The rockets’ red glares have turned Gaza, part of the Palestinian authority, into a battleground with Hamas, a legislative terrorist organization that has been stockpiling armaments to use against Israel for years.
- Readers’ Forum: July 25, 2014
RONN MOTT: The Czar of Russia
If you are expecting Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Republic, to react to the crisis in the Ukraine as an ordinary elected official, think again. Even though Putin is the President of the Russian Republic, this is not the job he wants. Putin also doesn’t want to be the chairman of a newly resurrected Communist Party in Russia. No, what he wants is to be the czar of a greater Russia.
Readers’ Forum: July 24, 2014
• Clinic will expand basic health access
• Misunderstanding truth about Islam
EDITORIAL: Work program needs industry buy-in
Good help is hard to find. That’s essentially what Indiana companies have insisted for several years. The state struggles with a “skills gap,” the firms explain. They need employees, but can’t find enough — or in some cases, any — qualified Hoosiers. Businesses say too few applicants possess the “soft skills,” such as showing up for work on time or being able to effectively communicate with co-workers.
- Readers’ Forum: July 23, 2014
RONN MOTT: Dragonfly
The other morning I was moving the canister that holds our recycling material out to the curb when I saw a strange sight. What I saw was a dragonfly fighting with a bee.
FLASHPOINT: News about reality, not affirmation
The public’s trust in the news media keeps dwindling. At the same time, Americans’ political polarization keeps increasing.
LIZ CIANCONE: Chickens as pets always turned out same way
I suppose many of us who grew up on farms or in small towns adopted unusual pets. I had a fondness for chickens. My folks always kept a few chickens, not only to fry or roast, but also for the eggs.
Readers’ forum: July 22, 2014
• Supt. Ritz has right to govern
• A tribute to a teacher
• Rep. Pelosi shows ‘bungling idiocy’
Readers’ forum: July 21, 2014
• Theater brings the joy of music
• Drawing closer to the spirit
• Give some space to heterosexuals
MARK BENNETT: Former Terre Hautean Jim Lovell stood ready as Neil Armstrong’s backup on Apollo 11
The words “Apollo 11” stir optimism in me.
I was an elementary school kid growing up in Vigo County when Neil Armstrong put the first footprint on the moon on July 20, 1969. So much seemed possible
EDITORIAL: Vigo Jail study essential to determine strategy
It comes as encouraging news that the Vigo County Council might include in its 2015 budget significant funding for an expert and neutral study of what can be done to replace or enhance the existing county jail.
Readers’ forum: July 20, 2014
• ‘Hotel Indiana’ has a sour tune
• Kind words about the newspaper
• Some questions about RTL video
• No mercy for cop killers
• Crack down on gun violence
• Anti-Dem tirades mask GOP failures
• Important day for participants
• Appreciation for support
FLASHPOINT: Solve our border crisis
More than 60,000 unaccompanied alien children — mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — have been apprehended on America’s southern border during this fiscal year.
RONN MOTT: World Cup over, but it was fun
After many weeks and many games, the World Cup is over. While the world calls it “futbol,” only we in North America play another brand of football. It is very simple to understand why this is the world’s favorite game … all it takes is an empty lot, a round soccer ball, and you can get a futbol game together.
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- Readers’ Forum: Aug. 1, 2014