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Karen Francisco
Teresa Meredith, ISTA vice president, address teachers and labor representatives during a rally at Evansville's Four Freedoms monument on March 17.

A truce is needed

Charges that Indiana House Democrats have abandoned their responsibilities by denying the GOP majority a quorum ignore the effect the walkout has had in tempering some seriously flawed education legislation. Indiana teachers opposed to the original legislation would argue the Democrats are doing their jobs.

I took a look at the damaged relationship between the public education community and the administration in this Sunday column.

On a side note, I took a few days off last week to travel to southwestern Indiana, where I coincidentally stumbled on a public education rally along Evansville's riverwalk. The speakers included ISTA vice president Teresa Meredith, Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel and former state Rep. Phil Hoy.

Karen Francisco, editorial page editor for The Journal Gazette, has been an Indiana journalist since 1981. She writes frequently about education for The Journal Gazette opinion pages and here, where she looks at the business, politics and science of learning as it relates to northeast Indiana, the state and the nation. She can be reached at 260-461-8206 or by e-mail at