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IPS Supt Dr. Lewis Ferebee

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The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For August 27, 2015. (Interview With IPS Supt. Dr.Lewis Ferebee Starts At 2:44 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). In the first of a two part Afternoons with Amos Interview, Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee talked about the first four weeks of IPS’ new school year was going. Ferebee admitted that there was troubles at Arlington High School, which the district resumed responsibility for after a three year state takeover. Ferebee said he thought things would be improving. The Superintendent also commented on the plan (later announced Thursday) to give raises to IPS teachers for the first time in five years.  Asked how the raises would be paid for given IPS expects flat property tax and state revenues, Ferebee said that “savings” in operations would provide them.  Dr. Ferebee was excited about the possibilities of maximizing revenue from the sale of property IPS owns on Massachusetts Avenue downtown.

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Ferebee said that the IPS Board and he wants whoever buys the property to turn it into a taxpaying property. Not lose tax revenue through city subsidies.  The Superintendent also touched on other key issues include a series of community events this Sat the last weekend in August to get in touch with IPS parents and residents and talk up the district’s new Strategic Plan. (Open Lines Begins At 16:06 Mark On Media Player). In a very lively Open Lines, Afternoons with Amos listeners spoke out strongly against the idea of police instituting “stop and frisk” procedures, a proposal made by Ten Point Coalition Leader Rev. Charles Harrison as a way to curb the sudden surge in violent crime in Indy. Where homicides now equal this point last year; which ended up as with nearly 150 killings in the city/county.  Listeners also complained about problems with lack of responsiveness by Community Corrections and not wanting to help offenders find employment.  Concerns were raised about health insurance; especially ObamaCare and the state’s Medicaid expansion Hip 2.0. As always when it’s Afternoons with Amos Open Lines, the nation’s smartest talkshow audience weighs in with great responses, ideas, passion and observations.  The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Thursday, August 27, 2015 Runs 100 Minutes. ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad.