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Today's Opinions

  • Why I’m leaving public education

    ERIC HARRIS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    This is the first of three columns about my decision to quit teaching. Part one is mainly about my reasons regarding the opinions of educators and state policy regarding education. Part two will be about my decision to go from teaching to factory work. Part three will be about my experience at Cannelton and general thoughts on teaching practices.

    I’ll try my best (and fail) to keep these articles focused.

  • Still time to help United Way

    MALLORY GEE

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    My name is Mallory Gee and I am co-chairperson of the 2015 United Way of Perry County annual fundraising drive along with Andy Hollinden.

    We just wanted to take some time to thank everyone in the community for not only your hard work, but your support as well.

    To be part of a community like Perry County, is such an honor. One desire we all share at United Way, is growing our community and making it a better place for our children and future generations to live in.

  • United Way supports 4-H

    The Perry County 4-H Council would like to thank the Perry County United Way for its support of our  program.   4-H continues to  help many young people gain the leadership skills needed to mature into responsible adults. 

    Through the 4-H clubs, members spend many hours helping with community service projects.

    These can include playing bingo at the local nursing homes, cleaning parks, planting flowers and making cards for the men and women serving in the Armed Forces.

  • Election column strikes out on several fronts;many issues impacted Tell City election

    I’m having a problem with Stuart Cassidy’s article (Nov. 19 column titled “Dividing issues quantified in local election results”) in which he states the election results confirm the people of Tell City want the annexation to go through.

    In his article, he stated that council members were voted back into office based upon the annexation issue. The facts are:

    Councilman Chris Cail ran unopposed.

    Strike one.

  • ISTEP failures unfair to schools, students

     

    At Perry Central and in school districts across the state, educators believe that assessment is an essential tool to inform instruction.  High stakes tests such as ISTEP, have long been a concern for educators because of inherent problems, including delayed results and comparing students to other students instead of tracking growth.  This year the problems with ISTEP testing and scores are even more extreme.

  • Leave your shoes out for St. Nick

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

    I haven’t yet decided which old shoe I am going to put out for St. Nicholas’ visit Saturday night. With any luck, I will find a few pieces of chocolate tucked inside Sunday morning.

    Last year I put the shoe outside my Tell City office and enjoyed several chocolate bars and assorted sweets.

  • ISTEP flunks trust test

    Administration of ISTEP tests in Indiana have been problematic since 2011, when the state signed a new contract for computerized testing.

    Finally, this year, local school officials throughout the state have had their fill as they await public release of test results they don’t trust.

  • United Way’s Youth Day of Caring another big success

     

    United Way of Perry County would like to take this opportunity to thank the youth, youth group leaders, and various businesses and agencies of the community for taking part in this year’s successful “Youth Day of Caring” Sunday, Nov. 1.

    Youth groups joined forces to paint, wash windows, rake, clean, weed, clean out landscaping and clear trails at designated locations across the county. The free labor provided by our volunteers saved our local non-profits many maintenance dollars and numerous hours of valuable time.