"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams

"No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution." -- Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 6.

"...no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish enlarge, or affect their civil capacities." – Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Myths About Public Education in Indiana

The Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education (NEIFPE) has posted responses to some Myths about Public Education in Indiana on their blog.

They focused on four...failing public schools, charter schools, poverty, and teacher tenure. Here's the one about failing schools...
MYTH: Public Schools are Failing our children.
FACTS:
  • National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) test scores are the highest in the history of the Federal tests. On basic NAEP scores, Indiana has outperformed the nation on all 41 NAEP assessments since 1990.
  • Indiana Graduation Rates are the highest in history. 85.7% graduated in four years or less in the Class of 2012, up from 84.1%, 81.5%, 77.8%, 76.4%, and 76.1% in the last five graduating classes.
They provide links to prove the facts in each case. You can read the myths and the facts which disprove them at neifpe.blogspot.com/p/myths-about-public-education-in-indiana.html

You can also get a pdf version at sites.google.com/site/neifpe/docs/fs/MythsFacts.pdf

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NEIFPE has signed the National Resolution on High Stakes Testing. Have you?

Stop the Testing Insanity!


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