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School choice cost can’t be ignored

BY: - January 27, 2023

Lawmakers need to be honest and upfront about the long-term cost of expanding education scholarship accounts to all children between the age of 5 and 22 with no limitations based on family income, also known as universal school choice. The program could easily eclipse $300 million a year (or half a billion if you include […]

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To share or not to share is the referendum question

BY: - January 26, 2023

Public school referendum sharing could be one of the hottest educational topics of the 2023 General Assembly session. While school funding is always complicated, the notion of sharing referendum dollars is especially tricky and warrants some tedious study time in order to fully understand the decision legislators are being asked to make.  On the surface […]

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Indiana lawmakers launch all-out campaign against LGBTQ Hoosiers

BY: - January 25, 2023

The Indiana General Assembly has put forward a slate of hate — an onslaught of bills targeting LGBTQ Hoosiers and singling out trans kids. There is no other way to describe what we are seeing at the Statehouse. This is not one or two bad bills, this is a well-orchestrated, hate-driven campaign to push trans […]

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On its 50th Anniversary, Hoosiers say Roe was never enough

BY: - January 24, 2023

There’s something happening in America following the upheaval of Roe that is surprising to some, and to others is completely predictable. Count me among the latter.  Last summer, the U.S. Supreme Court chose poorly in its decision, Dobbs v. Mississippi, effectively overturning nearly half a century of precedent protecting a woman’s right to choose an […]

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Fifty years later, our lives still at risk

BY: - January 23, 2023

Fifty years ago, a very different U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade. Radical right-wing extremists control the Supreme Court and serve in elective office. We have fewer freedoms than we did a generation ago. We suffer, and women die because of it. When the Supreme Court ruled last June to strip away our rights […]

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IEDC is spending more and more Hoosier dollars to bring jobs here

BY: - January 20, 2023

I was sitting at home watching a basketball game over the holiday break when my head perked up: I heard Roger Penske’s voice on the television. What was first idle curiosity grew when I realized he was narrating a minute-long ad for the IEDC on national television. Called “The Winners,” the glitzy ad is full […]

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A letter to the Indiana General Assembly Re: Cannabis

BY: - January 19, 2023

The 2023 session of Indiana’s General Assembly has commenced, and I am certain you’re thinking about the biennial budget that features K-12 & higher education funding along with how you can make Indiana a healthier state. As you know, another issue that has gained prominence and support in the minds of many Hoosiers is the […]

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Ready, Set, Legislate

BY: - January 18, 2023

Legislators are sworn in. They elected leaders and received committee assignments. Bills are now public. Now, it is time for us to put our focus on the work of the Indiana General Assembly. The legislature meets for two years at a time. The first year (odd-numbered years) is referred to as the First Regular Session […]

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On Martin Luther King Day, let’s reflect on how we have changed

BY: - January 17, 2023

Legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national holiday was passed forty years ago and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. It was 1983.  The late Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dominated the music, video and dance world. The Washington Redskins, which thankfully doesn’t exist anymore, won the Super Bowl. I got my driver’s […]

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Distortion of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s words enables more racial division within American society

BY: - January 16, 2023

By Hajar Yazdiha, Assistant Professor of Sociology, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences U.S. Rep. Chip Roy of Texas is just the latest conservative lawmaker to misuse the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to judge a person on character and not race. In the protracted battle to elect Rep. Kevin […]

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Child abuse and neglect deaths deserve more light, attention

BY: - January 13, 2023

At 4:30 p.m. on Friday Dec. 30 — days after a Christmas holiday and days before New Year’s — the Indiana Department of Child Services dropped its annual report of child abuse and neglect fatalities. Sixty Hoosier children died at the hands of their mother, father, parents’ significant other or caregiver in 2021. That was […]

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Expanding voucher program would be bad for kids, bad for Indiana

BY: - January 12, 2023

Indiana launched its school voucher program in 2011, supposedly to help children from poor families find alternatives to low-performing public schools. But it quickly morphed into something else: a state subsidy for religious education and an entitlement program for private school parents. Now some legislators and advocates are talking up the idea of “universal vouchers” […]