Too many kids left behind by support for vouchers
We were taken aback by the comments made by Gov. Mike Pence in the Aug. 16 article related to ISTEP+ glitches and the Tony Bennett scandal (which, by the way, is an Indiana government scandal, not Bennett acting as a rogue warrior).
Pence said: We grade our kids every day. We ought to be willing to grade our schools every year. Children are graded upon criteria they are taught and therefore held accountable to learn and retain. Are schools graded on such objective measures? Is the governor being honest with himself when making comments such as these when he knows the socioeconomic and demographic circumstances within different schools make it impossible to blame schools exclusively for their poor performance?
Are we to understand that bad teachers and bad administrators are the reason for households that do not have the time or resources to assist in the education of their children? Are Indiana taxpayers being held accountable for economic inequalities and the effect on public school performance?
Pence’s adamant support to pump millions into parochial and private schools, leaving public schools with inadequate funding to raise the bar on performance, would indicate to us that Indiana taxpayers are taking the fall. What does an Indiana future look like when the public school system is only left with those who cannot afford to pay the difference between the cost of a private school and the amount of a voucher? Who, again, gets left behind?
LENNY and ANNE DUFF Fort Wayne
Courtrooms flesh out Gen. Wayne’s history
Only half of the story by Patrick J. Ashton (Aug. 20) was a wonderful piece regarding the history of Gen. Anthony Wayne and also the Indian side of the battles with him and his army. To further enhance his story, citizens of Fort Wayne should visit or take a tour of the Allen County Courthouse. Each of the four courtrooms houses beautiful murals of various historical events involving Wayne and the different battles that took place.
SHARI A. RAY Fort Wayne
‘Complete housecleaning’ overtaxed city’s only hope
I am once again left to wonder who is running our downtown area. Does anyone else see how embarrassing it is to have our city officials wasting so much time on what to do with a statue of a military figure who has been gone for more than 200 years and that 75 percent of Fort Wayne residents could not care less about? Only after another $100,000 was put on the table were we able to put this stupidity to rest. The second-largest city in the state has one of the highest unemployment rates in the area and can’t keep our own children here because we can’t compete wage wise. What a ringing endorsement for a city that waited for 50 years to build a Maplecrest Road extension after all the manufacturing has left the area. All this while we are one of the country’s most obese areas.
After implementing COIT, CEDIT and the food tax, which was to be gone years ago, the city decided that was not enough. So we raise the city income tax. Now we can be added as one of the highest-taxed cities in the state. I have a suggestion for the next tax: Let us call it NEEDIT.
I would say we need more town meetings, but with the apathy and the fact that more people are working two jobs and longer hours, I doubt that there would be the needed response to get anything meaningful done. The only true way to end the whole mess is with a complete housecleaning.
GEORGE D. SMITH Harlan