Over the past decade, Indiana has become Ground Zero in the battles of over school reform.  The state has allowed the creation of scores of charter schools, concentrated in the state’s three largest counties – Marion (Indianapolis), Lake and Allen.  Indiana now has the largest school voucher program in the country with thousands of students […]

It’s become a major controversy between the Indiana Inspector General and the Marion County Prosecutor.  Earlier this year, the Inspector General Dave Thomas conducted an investigation into whether former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett broke state laws or state ethics rules when it became public knowledge that Bennett and some of his […]

In a week that saw the aftermath of violence in Indiana kill two police officers in Gary and Indianapolis, a slap on the wrist to former schools chief Dr. Tony Bennett for ethics violations and the Indiana State Board of Education and Gov. Mike Pence education agency publicly manhandled the elected Democratic Superintendent of Public […]

Dr. Diane Ravitch is a respected educator, teacher and professor at New York University.  The author of 10 books and editor of 14 more, Ravitch has had a distinguished career which included serving as Assistant Secretary of Education under President George H.W. Bush.  But today, Ravitch has become of fiercest and most public critics of […]

UPDATED WITH TONY BENNETT REACTION, PLUS FROM INDY LEADERS FROM AWA. AUDIO/VIDEO OF BENNETT’S RESIGNATION STATEMENT: Blaming “malicious reports from Indiana” Dr. Tony Bennett has resigned as Commissioner of Education for the State of Florida. Bennett’s dramatic resignation and fall from grace occurred just three days after news broke that the former Indiana Superintendent of […]

Indianapolis celebrated the re-election victory of President Barack Obama during a special edition of Afternoons with Amos. Listeners told of their reaction and happiness at the President’s big win.  They talked about the challenges that lie ahead for the President and the fierce hatred expressed by those who oppose him.  Listeners also talked about the […]

After a whirlwind week when his Republican opponent’s hateful words created a firestorm of protest, Democratic US Senate candidate Joe Donnelly appeared on Afternoons with Amos in his last interview before November 6th election.  Donnelly again made the case for why he’s running for Senate, to provide jobs and opportunity for Hoosiers.  Donnelly was asked […]

Dr. Tony Bennett, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, defended his controversial efforts at reforming Indiana’s schools, which included the state takeover of four IPS Schools this year. In an expansive Afternoons with Amos interview, Bennett, the Republican incumbent running for re-election, defended his turbulent four years which included greater school public school accountability, increased emphasis […]

Saying that Indiana’s public schools are spending “too much time teaching to the test” and not time teaching real knowledge to students, Glenda Ritz, Democratic candidate for Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction appeared on Afternoons with Amos, in her first live media interview, with a forceful agenda for Indiana’s schools. Ritz, a longtime teacher in […]

UPDATED WITH AUDIO: Friday, top officials of the Indiana Department of Education appeared on Afternoons with Amos to explain what happens next with the Takeover of 4 IPS schools by the state. Jim Larson, Jackie Cissell and Alex Damron appeared on Afternoons with Amos to explain and listen to concerns an answer questions. Thursday, Indiana […]

Audio Included in Post. Runs 55 Minutes. Audio ©2011 WTLC/Radio One. Supt. of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett had a lively, detailed, passionate discussion on education with Amos and Afternoons with Amos listeners. Dr. Bennett talked about pending state takeover of some twenty schools in Indiana, including some in IPS. The discussion also covered schools […]

Audio Included in Post. Runs 30 Minutes. Audio©2010 WTLC/Radio One. Lee Ann Kwiatkowski is the Indiana Department of Education’s point person assigned to help improve Indiana’s troubled public schools. This former IPS Title I teacher and administrator will be evaluating twenty schools that the State could take over as soon as August 2011.  In an […]