Friday, August 29, 2014

Vic’s Statehouse Notes #183 – August 29, 2014

Dear Friends,

Can you come on September 6th to the ICPE meeting at 2pm in Indianapolis to support public education?

Can you come on September 6th to see the remarkable documentary “Rise Above the Mark”?

Can you come on September 6th for greetings and comments from State Superintendent Glenda Ritz before the documentary is shown, including updates on the approval of Indiana’s federal waiver by Secretary Duncan announced yesterday?

Can you come on September 6th to hear discussion of the documentary by a panel including West Lafayette Superintendent Rocky Killion who originated and produced the video?

Can you come a bit early on September 6th to greet Bob Dalton as we honor his 63 years of service to public education at a reception beginning at 12:45?

I hope you can! All who support public education are invited. There is no charge to see the video.

The Indiana Coalition for Public Education Fall Meetings

This is the first of five ICPE meetings around the state this fall. All will feature “Rise Above the Mark” followed by a panel discussion. Dr. Killion will join the panel at each site. The five dates are as follows:

Sept. 6, 2014.....Indianapolis.....Washington Township Education Center, 86th & Woodfield Crossing

Sept. 27, 2014.....Merrillville.....Merrillville High School Auditorium, 276 East 68th Place

Oct. 4, 2014.....Fort Wayne.....IPFW Rhinehart Recital Hall, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd

Oct. 18, 2014.....New Albany.....NAFC Education Support Center, 2801 Grant Line Road

Oct. 25, 2014.....Evansville.....Evansville Central High School Auditorium, 5400 First Avenue

All meetings begin at 2pm, local time. The reception for Dr. Dalton on September 6th begins at 12:45.

“Rise Above the Mark”, in its own words, was created “to educate the general public about the ‘corporate takeover’ of Indiana public schools and what parents, community members and educators can do to protect their local public schools.” It was originated by Dr. Killion after his inquiry into why many excellent teachers in West Lafayette were retiring early.

All parents, community members and educators should see this film!

Please circulate the attachment to let others know about this meeting.

An RSVP for September 6th is not necessary. Come and bring a friend! An RSVP, however, would be helpful at if you have not yet done so.

Please join us and bring your public education friends!

Thanks for participating! Please keep up your great support of public schools!

Best wishes for a great Labor Day weekend!

Vic Smith

“Vic’s Statehouse Notes” and ICPE received one of three Excellence in Media Awards presented by Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an organization of over 85,000 women educators in seventeen countries. The award was presented on July 30, 2014 during the Delta Kappa Gamma International Convention held in Indianapolis. Thank you Delta Kappa Gamma!

ICPE has worked since 2011 to promote public education in the Statehouse and oppose the privatization of schools. The fall ICPE membership meeting in Indianapolis will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 2pm at the Washington Township Education Center on the corner of 86th and Woodfield Crossing. The video “Rise Above the Mark” will be featured at the meeting and Rocky Killion, the video’s producer, will be among the panelists to discuss the film afterward. Prior to the 2pm meeting, a reception will begin at 12:45 honoring Dr. Bob Dalton for his 63 years of enthusiastic service to public education. Come join us on Sept. 6th!

We need your membership to help pay the bills for ICPE lobbying efforts. Many have renewed their memberships already, and we thank you! If you have not done so since July 1, the start of our new membership year, we urge you to renew by going to our website.

We must raise additional funds for the 2015 session. We need additional members and additional donations. We need your help and the help of your colleagues who support public education! Please pass the word!

Go to for membership and renewal information and for full information on ICPE efforts on behalf of public education. Thanks!

Some readers have asked about my background in Indiana public schools. Thanks for asking! Here is a brief bio:

I am a lifelong Hoosier and began teaching in 1969. I served as a social studies teacher, curriculum developer, state research and evaluation consultant, state social studies consultant, district social studies supervisor, assistant principal, principal, educational association staff member, and adjunct university professor. I worked for Garrett-Keyser-Butler Schools, the Indiana University Social Studies Development Center, the Indiana Department of Education, the Indianapolis Public Schools, IUPUI, and the Indiana Urban Schools Association, from which I retired as Associate Director in 2009. I hold three degrees: B.A. in Ed., Ball State University, 1969; M.S. in Ed., Indiana University, 1972; and Ed.D., Indiana University, 1977, along with a Teacher’s Life License and a Superintendent’s License, 1998.

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