Elkhart County Education Alliance gains four board members

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Elkhart County Education Alliance gains four board members
Elkhart County Education Alliance gains four board members
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" Superintendents and school principals seem to support the alliance initiative,"


This is interesting, I recently talked to a principle at Central and he said they had not discussed this.



"John Letherman, president of the county council, said there may be naysayers who think the alliance is somehow doing what parents ought to do. Indeed, some members of the Tea Party of Michiana Action Coalition have voiced strong reservations about the alliance, though no one spoke out against the plans Saturday.

The new body, though, isn’t meant to supplant control from individual school boards, Letherman said, and he noted that for some segments of the community “there are no parents, there’s nobody watching them.”"

Letherman  seems to indicate here that the Tea Party is against this project because of it replacing parents.  That could be some of it but mostly I would think because this is just more government spending with little or no value.


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................Tell  US, truthuser, what government spending DOES have 'value' to a TeaPartier?..................
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Just got back from a tour at the career center. 

What I saw:  Talked to a budding CAD architect who will soon be transferring to Illinois Tech.  Saw advertising designers who were using the computers to create vinyl graphic designs for the sides of travel trailers and RVs. Others were designing concert posters and medical center brochures. One student who had been in a terrible struggle with school work, was now a certified welder set to graduate in May. He was planning to use his welding skills in the Navy. 

I also met a young girl who clearly had some form of learning disability. She was in the culinary arts program and told us she had learned how to make croissant party trays, iced cookies, ginger cakes and other bakery specialties. She now has a good shot at finding a good paying job at a supermarket bakery. I can't help but wonder what her other options might have been if this facility wasn't here for her.

We did not visit the medical training center, child care career center nor the cosmetology department.

A robotic student showed me his invention: An autonomous robotic machine that uses laser lights to detect production parts that may not be correctly formed, and then separates them from the pile.

A machine shop student showed me his invention that can hook up 7 hoses in one movement -- a specialty part that a local RV company now uses when testing certain components before installation. (See story  http://www.etruth.com/article/20111211/NEWS01/712119933 Wink

The career development programs I saw were based on employment reality and very active markets.

Education with experience for a high school student. There's nothing better to build a brighter future.  But it takes INVESTMENT for our kids to be able to reach for the stars.


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The career center gives opportunity for kids who have a certain kind of skill set, but who don't see a 4 yr college in their future.  People who want to be teachers, scientists, accountants, appraisers, bank officers etc,  won't find what they have at that career center.  One of the teachers there told us that passing Algebra 1 is all that is required to enter the program (Algebra 1 is an 8th grade math class), but they might actually be eliminating that requirement too for those kids who never can comprehend that kind of math.

You don't need algebra to make a croissant.

But for the kids who do want to move onto college, and were born with the ability for higher learning (but have merely lost the ambition and hope), there are more courses they'll need to get through the college entrance exams.

In Kalamazoo, they are promising full paid college tuition for any student who attends their school system from 9th-12th. 

See "Kalamazoo Promise", which has helped propel Kalamazoo to "#1 city for college grads" (due to housing & job opportunities). 

In addition to that, Kalamazoo has invested another $11 million into the program called The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo. It will help expand other programs related to the Kalamazoo Promise.


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boatkittens,

  You are right about the Career Centerand the valuable programs it offers.  Formany students it could be very helpful for them.  The problem is the schools are so focused onsending everyone to college I have heard some in the Elkhart Schools expressthey are not sure the Career Center has a long term future.  Mostly because of the politics of wanting tosay all kids are to be focused on college. 

The Kalamazoo Promise I believe is what the Horizon Project2.0 is base on.  I must say I’m very opposedto it.  The problem in the schools is notpre K education or the accelerated classes at the high school level.  The problem is (what is under the schoolscontrol) is in the middle.  At least thein Elkhart School most of the problem is in theelementary schools.  It is mind blowingwhat teachers and parents have told me what is going on.  The long story short is spelling, grammar, sentencestructure, science, and social studies are either being “deemphasized” or eliminated.  The focus is only on reading and math.  This is true at least through the third gradewith one teacher telling me it’s up to grade six. 

When people say that more money is needed for the schools myresponse is ok then what is going to be done different to help the kids?  One program recently put into place atCentral is an after school study program. It’s a program where teachers stay after school to help students.  From what I have heard it has really helped. 

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Boat or Truth,

Do either of you know if the Career Center is at capacity in terms of student enrollment?

Truth,

I would also agree that the politicization of education, by both parties, is having absolutely horrible effects on education, and that's why I do support the elimination of both Federal and State DOE's.


I will not dispute about the current enrollment at the Career Center.  What I'm talking about is its future. 

The best thing we could do for education is get the DOE out of it and scale way back on the state.  What also should be done is return the schools to local funding. 
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Elkhart County Education Alliance gains four board members
Elkhart County Education Alliance gains four board members


I think royal rock should be placed on that list.  He could be in charge of language arts with his specialty being spelling!
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strdude,

  Wow you really are passionate about this.  No I don't think the Department of Education will be eliminated.  But it doesn't mean I will stop pointing out the harm I feel it's doing.

You see I don't believe a bureacrat in Washington knows what's best to education this nations children.  I'll also add to this list Indianapolis or a county commissioner.   I truely believe the people which know best how to educate the children are the teachers in our schools.  I also feel the best jugdes of how the schools are doing are the parents.
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