News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 9, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Sept. 9, 2013


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---- — 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

English/Language Arts

Terre Haute

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

Terre Haute