education in this country and think a majority of IPS School Board members are
living testimonials to Murphy's Law. Now with that said, I think the upcoming
school board elections provide an opportunity for the state's largest school
district to do a complete 180 and become a diamond instead of big lump of coal.
number of candidates have filed to run for the board this year. The list is as
have interviews both Gayle Cosby and Catlin Hannon. I've found both educators
to be sharp, passionate and more than willing to put students first. They
believe resources should be directed from the Central Office, or as I call it
the politburo, and sent back to the individual schools. Principals should have
more autonomy and more decisions should be made at the district level.
know Sam Odle by his stellar reputation in the Indianapolis community as
someone with keen business acumen, which would come in handy in helping run the
district's finances. James Nixon has been a frequent advocate for schools and
has been speaking out for the need to fix IPS for months. Even Larry Vaughn,
known as "Crazy Larry" to those of us in the talk radio business, is
known to find a good idea or two, but then again even a broken clock is right
twice a day.
haven't had the chance to visit with Larry Whiteman, Sharon Dunson or Alvin
Esper but I do look forward to talking with them over the next few months.
know current IPS board member Elisabeth Gore and to be frank I wish I didn't. She
has been one Dr. White's enablers for years. And it was under her tutelage,
along with Mary Busch, Mike Brown and Marianna R. Zaphiriou, that
the district loss control of several schools to the state. There was nothing
more frustrating than watching these four wrap a school board meeting and get
back into the clown car that they came in after having help ruin the lives of
more students. This is why I thanked whatever deity was available at the time
for Samantha Adair-White, Annie Roof and Diane Arnold.
I think there are good crop of
candidates for the IPS board that the voters can pick from. I just hope the
race doesn't get lost in the 2012 shuffle. School board races are at the bottom
of the ballot, but they are the foundation for any community. Indianapolis will
never be able to truly move forward unless its schools get fixed. Hopefully, the voters of IPS will also
see it that way and make some real change for a body that really needs it.