The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Friday, May 8, 2015. Listeners continued to be upset, interested and engaged in the issues of discipline and safety in schools, especially IPS in the wake of the fight video now seen around the world. But Friday’s program also covered other educational issues. (At 02:48 Mark On Media Player). Indiana’s Department of Education quietly released data on the 2015 IREAD Tests. IREAD is given to all third graders in public and private schools in the state. It measures whether students are reading at a third grade level. Students that didn’t pass the IREAD which was given in mid-March have an opportunity to retake the test before the end of the school year or in summer school. If students don’t pass, their school district has the option of not promoting them to the fourth grade. Or districts can promote them to fourth grade, but retaining them in third grade reading classes. Amos read highlights of how area school district’s third graders did on IREAD and talked about strong and poorly performing public and charter schools. (At 35:04 Mark On Media Player) Amos shared with Afternoons with Amos Listeners a memo from the Indianapolis Public Schools Concerning School Safety and a meeting planned next week with principals of IPS Middle and High Schools concerning safety. The memo outlines ways the district can engage the community and parents in school discipline issues. The memo also talks about social media and use of cellphones to record incidents in school. Listeners during Friday’s show has several things to say about the IPS policy of lack of it. Especially an implied threat that IPS doesn’t want students recording incidents in schools. Click Link To Read The IPS Memo On Safety. IPS MEMO ON SCHOOL SAFETY PLANS
(At 53:16 Mark On Media Player) A new charter school plans to open in August at 44th and Shadeland. It’s the second Carpe Diem Charter School in the City. Principal of Carpe Diem Shadeland, Brian Brown appeared on Afternoons with Amos to talk about the school and what they have to offer. They plan for a maximum enrollment of 300 in grades six through high school. Carpe Diem focuses on individual student instruction. Their initial Indianapolis school on North Meridian Street has achieved good results in its first three years. The Friday May 8 2015 Afternoons with Amos PODCAST Runs 94 Minutes ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. The PODCAST Audio begins Right After Brief Video Ad.