education reform

IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee, Indianapolis Deputy Mayor for Education Jason Kloth and The Mind Trust’s President/CEO David Harris came together on Afternoons with Amos to explain a new initiative called Innovation School Fellowships. The effort will utilize a new state law, Public Law 1321, which passed this year’s General Assembly. The new law, supported […]

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 […]

Classroom teachers today feel they’re not being appreciated.  Education reformers, politicians, parents, taxpayers criticize teachers for the state of public education in America and Indiana.  New laws have placed more burdens on teachers.  The job of a classroom teacher now involves increased pressure to have their students perform well on tests. Teachers pay and even […]

For eight years Dan Elsener has served as a member of the Indiana State Board of Education, representing the 7th Congressional District, which consists of most of Indianapolis/Marion County.  Last year, voters in the 7th District overwhelmingly voted for Glenda Ritz to be state school’s chief in a landslide. Ritz won with 64.3% of the […]

So there I was sitting in one of two highback chairs on the rostrum of one our city’s megachurches, getting ready to question the country’s second woman and second African-American Secretary of State. I was privileged to ask questions and get answers on education from former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, who was in […]

EXCLUSIVE: On the day that the public learned the results of the troubled 2013 ISTEP Test, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz appeared on Afternoons with Amos and discussed a wide range of educational issues. Supt. Ritz talked about the overall results of the ISTEP tests and said that despite problems, Hoosier students made […]

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 […]

                                       UPDATED WITH NEW INFO: The Board of School Commissioners of the Indianapolis Public Schools has chosen three individuals as finalists to succeed Dr. Eugene White as Superintendent. The finalists are: Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee, Millard L. House and Thomas E. Darden, Jr. Afternoons with Amos got the lowdown on the three from an individual […]

Andrew Campanella is President of National School Choice Week and a passionate advocate for giving parents power to choose the schools their children should attend.  But in an interview on Afternoons with Amos Campanella said that Indianapolis shouldn’t have 11 different school districts. Campanella said that Indy should have “one school district” with a greatly […]

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 […]

How do we improve Indianapolis schools and preschools? Afternoons with Amos turned itself into a special two hour Town Hall where listeners could share their views on making both K-12 and preschool better for African-American and all children. The special broadcast was part of the effort by What’s Possible Indy a collaboration wit between the […]

Click Above to Hear Interview. Runs 17 Minutes ©2012 WTLC/Radio One. Education reformer Michelle Rhee, who gained national attention with her no nonsense approach to public education, non-performing teachers and stressing that schools and educators should put Students First, talked about her philosophies in an exclusive Afternoons with Amos interview. Rhee has founded Students First, […]