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March 4, 2012

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— Partnership will solve curriculum challenge

Senate Bill 179, which would require every high school student beginning with the Class of 2017 to complete an online course before graduation, has raised some concern. High schools are wondering where they will find the online curriculum to offer and how they will find the funding to develop it if that is needed.

Ivy Tech Community College has partnered with high schools across the state offering dual credit courses to more than 25,000 students and saving parents $12.2 million. Ivy Tech can be a partner to our high schools across the state to solve the online challenge they will face if Senate Bill 179 becomes the law.

Ivy Tech Online, a division specifically responsible for developing online programming, has recently commissioned a study to assess the high schools’ needs for online instruction based on its dual credit model. The college intends to review the results of this study in combination with any state mandates yet to come and package a program or programs that will meet the needs of the high schools and, more importantly, the needs of the students. We believe such a partnership will put these important technology tools into the hands of our high schools to best prepare our students for the future.

Change, sometimes coupled with challenges, continues to come with regularity in education. Ivy Tech is dedicated to working with high schools to find solutions to address these changes and challenges effectively. This is a partnership that our schools and our students would benefit from as people explore future solutions.

Linda Buskirk

Ivy Tech trustee

Drug war tramples many folks’ rights

You’re in your house, sound asleep, and a group of men kick down your front door. They have guns drawn, pointing at you, and they are shouting. You wake up from a sound sleep, and you don’t know whom they might be.

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