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Public ed supporters to meet

Fort Wayne is fortunate to have strong public education supporters, namely the Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education. The group is hosting a meeting here next week. The details:

FORT WAYNE – The local educational advocacy group Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education (NEIFPE) is hosting its second action planning meeting on Saturday, July 20 at Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC, 501 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne. The meeting, which will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., features a distinguished panel of guest speakers who will discuss the impact that education reform is having on public education.

Featured guests for the 10 a.m. panel discussion are: Vic Smith, an Indiana legislative watchdog from Indianapolis; Rob Glass, superintendent of Bloomfield Hills (Michigan) Schools; Kathy Friend, chief financial officer in Fort Wayne Community Schools; Stephanie Keiles, a mathematics and science teacher at Canton (Michigan) Community Schools; and Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer, chair of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education-Monroe County and South Central Indiana, based in Bloomington.

During afternoon small group sessions, participants – educators and concerned individuals from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan– will develop strategies and action steps to help protect public education from damaging, profit-driven initiatives.

NEIPFE is a Fort Wayne-based grassroots organization whose members support public education and are concerned about the damaging effects of current reforms. Additional information is available here.

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 kfrancisco@jg.net.

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