public education

In reporting on and attending Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Board Meetings for over thirty-five years, this past Sunday was the weirdest, most unusual IPS Board meeting ever! It started when on March 18th, the IPS School Board announced that they would “Meet in a Special Called Meeting on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 1:00 – […]

The next to last Candidate Tuesday of the 2014 elections focused on seats for the Indiana House of Representatives from districts in the outer township areas of Indianapolis/Marion County. Three Democrats, including two incumbents, and one Republican challenger appeared on Afternoons with Amos to talk about their campaigns and the issues and why voters should […]

In a special series of interviews, Afternoons with Amos has been interviewing the candidates running for the Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners (School Board). As a district, IPS is troubled. Four of its schools were taken over by the State three years ago. An action that was controversial then and remains so today. […]

In enrollment and size its the largest individual school district in Indiana. But though its enrollment is some 30,800, just 11 less than last school year, the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) serves just 20% of the 153,000 public school students in Indiana’s capital city. Nevertheless, interest about the fate of IPS among the residents of […]

The latest series of live interviews with area school board candidates was a bit unusual and rerefreshing. The candidates for school board in Pike and Wayne Townships exhibited enthusiasm, passion and commitment for public education in their appearances on Afternoons with Amos. The candidates who appeared strongly defended their districts and public education, while bemoaning […]

The Warren Township School District on Indianapolis’ far eastside usually is known for its athletic success.  But recently academic excellence and Warren Township are being mentioned in the same sentence.  Earlier this year, the US Department of Education awarded the district one of a handful of Race to the Top multi-year grants to improve education […]

The 2014-20145 School Year in the Indianapolis began with the Warren Township Schools opening their doors to students. Afternoons with Amos talked with Warren Township Superintendent Dr. Dena Cushenberry on the first day of of school an talked about the first day and a number of her expectations for the new school year.  Dr. Cushenberry […]

Ryan Vaughn, Chief of Staff to Mayor Greg Ballard expanded and amplified on mayor Ballard’s 7th State of the City Speech emphasizing the Mayor’s efforts to make Indianapolis a desirable place for people to want to live. Appearing on Afternoons with Amos’ Friday edition with Amos & Abdul, Vaughn expanded upon the themes Mayor Ballard […]

Education is one of the major issues concerning everyone in Indianapolis and the nation.  Whether or not you have children or grandchild in schools, most people are paying the cost of public education.  Now there’s a new website designed to provide a wide range of information and stories about what is going on in education […]

New Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee appeared on Afternoons with Amos this week. While he talked with Amos about the weather conditions that have forced schools to be closed most of the week, Ferebee talked about going into IPS classrooms actually teaching students.  And more importantly what those students were telling him they’d […]

In an exclusive interview Afternoons with Amos talked with the new Superintendent of the Lawrence Township Schools, Dr. Shawn A. Smith. Dr. Smith’s selection was officially announced Thursday, December 12th by the Lawrence Township School Board and he will assume his new duties January 1, 2014. Lawrence Township was the first district to hire an […]

Afternoons with Amos has done scores of interviews with education officials, school board members, school superintendents, politicians, education reformers and frustrated parents and community members.  But our program rarely gets to interview classroom teachers.  Because they’re busy educating kids when our program’s on the air.  But Afternoons with Amos talked to two veteran teachers in […]