In the first ever broadcast from Perry Township in WTLC’s long and stories history, Afternoons with Amos went to the southside school district to learn about education in a district that’s been involved in the Indianapolis desegregation effort for thirty-one years. Broadcasting live from Winchester Village Elementary School, Amos talked with Perry Township school officials about their plans their educational goals for the new school year. School Board member Rubie Alexander, who represents the Martindale-Brightwood area on Perry’s board talked with Amos about the financial challenges school districts like Perry Face. perry Superintendent Dr. Thomas Little and Louis Norris, Perry’s Director of Human Relations & Student Services talked about Perry Township’s goal to make sure that the remaining Black students being buses from IPS, who are now all students at either perry meridian or Southport High schools graduate on time in the next four years. Doug Smith, principal of Winchester Village school discusses his school’s unique “open classroom concept” and the challenges his school had with immigrant children in getting them up to speed educationally. Listeners challenged Perry Township school officials on whether Blacks are disproportionately represented in Special Education programs in the district. District officials provided Amos with the facts which are that Blacks comprise 7.7% of all Perry Township students, and just 9.5% of all Perry Township students in special education. Sheryl Wise & Rickie Clark also discussed the annual Back to School Celebration sponsored by Perry Township and IPS, held for 14 years at Coleman Middle School. Also during the historic live broadcast from Perry Township, City-County Council Vice-President Brian Mahern commented on the continung 2013 City Budget crisis and proposed some solutions to reducing the city/county’s $65 million deficit.
Click Below To Hear Part 1 Of our Broadcast From Perry Township. Runs 58 Minutes ©2012 WTLC/Radio One.
Click Below to Hear Part 2 of our Broadcast from Perry Township. Runs 43 Minutes ©2012 WTLC/Radio One.
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