The Afternoons With Amos PODCAST For Wednesday, October 21, 2015. (Intense Discussion and Angry Reaction To IPS Proposing Moving A 94% Minority School To Accommodate A Majority-White School At 1:07:00 Mark On PODCAST Media Player. Reaction of Former IPS Board Member Annie Roof At 1:27:00 Mark). Again, the insensitivity of top Administrators of the Indianapolis Public Schools along with a pliant IPS School Board is generating a firestorm of criticism and charges of bigotry against minority students. This time it involves a proposal to realign several IPS schools.
IPS Administrators propose closing the innovative Key Learning Center, a Kindergarten through 12th grade school begun 23 years ago that offered innovative curriculum and learning styles. The school located just south of downtown along White River would have its innovative curriculum and teaching eliminated. In its place, IPS would transfer the some 350 students attending Mary Nicholson School 70 at 46th and Central. The school is a kindergarten through 5th Grade elementary magnet school for students interested not just in the basics, but in the arts and performing arts.
At School 70, IPS would open a fourth Center For Inquiry (CFI), one of IPS’ high quality elementary kindergarten through 8th Grade schools. But a firestorm has been ignited because 94% of the students at School 70 are racial minorities or Hispanic. While two of the current three CFI schools are in the 80% and 90% white-majority schools. Worse, there is an existing CFI school, School 84 at 57th and Central, just 1.3 miles up the street. To many, including Afternoons with Amos Host Amos Brown, it looks like IPS is inconveniencing Black and other minority students so that white parents in the trendy Meridian-Kessler area can have a school their kids can walk to. While School 70 kids have to ride the bus for an extra 16 to 20 minutes one way. During Wednesday’s Open Line Day, listeners and Amos were livid about the proposal. Another example of IPS springing suddenly decisions that impact children and families lives with no prior warning or consultation or discussion. During the discussion, former IPS Board Member Annie Roof called in and bluntly said the reason for the move is to appease white parents living in the northside Meridian-Kessler enclave. Worse, IPS’ two other CFI schools are located within a mile of each other just north of downtown and the near north side. IPS has never placed the quality, high performing CFI schools in westside, eastside or southside IPS neighborhoods. Sending a message that only downtown and the northside is entitled to IPS’ best schools and programs.
(Vice-President Biden’s Remarks On Not Running For President at 0:40 Mark On Media Player). After weeks of speculations, Vice-President Joe Biden announced, in remarks standing next to his wife Jill and President Barack Obama that Mr. Biden would NOT run for the 2016 Democratic nomination for President. Afternoons with Amos played the Vice-President’s emotional remarks which covered his family’s continued grief and mourning for his eldest son Beau. But in the Vice-President remarks, Mr. Biden delivered a full throated, enthusiastic endorsement of the policies of the Obama Administration and urged, some would say warned Democrats to stand up for these policies in the election. To run on the policies not run away from them.
(Interview With Heartland Film Festival Filmmaker Deliah Vallot Of Film Can You Dig This. Interview At 51:40 Mark On MEDIA Player). An African-American female actress and dancer, turned director, has created a documentary about something positive on the mean streets of the south side of Los Angeles. Delila Vallot is the director of the documentary Can You Dig This. A story about an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, where people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. In the film you hear the call for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America. Can You Dig This follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. Can You Dig This is not a story of science and economics, this is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some (stuff).” Can You Dig This will be released in theaters soon. To find out more click on their website. CAN YOU DIG THIS FILM WEBSITE The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST Runs 92 Minutes. ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad.