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October 21, 2012

Southeastern school board candidates discuss issues

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Why should voters choose you?

Cain: In the next several years, we are going to see a lot of changes in education. With all of the new mandates coming down from the Indiana Department of Education, we are going to need leadership at the school board level. We need people on the board that understands the turmoil and pressures that our teachers are going through and they need someone on the board that understands those pressures. I believe I have the background to understand those issues.

Erny: I have current educational experience in the post-secondary educational system as an educator and also as a student working toward my master’s degree in career and technical education. I am the program chair and statewide chair at Ivy Tech in automotive. I am faced every day with students who are under-prepared for the collegiate educational system and do not understand the level where they need to be to succeed and achieve their goals. Much can be done to bridge the gap between the high schools and post-secondary systems to allow for an easier transition for the students. Exposure to different educational methods such as online learning can not only be beneficial to the students but also financially beneficial to Southeastern schools. Education has changed drastically over the last 10 years but we keep trying to do things the way we have for the last 40 years. It’s time to stop doing things the way we always have and start doing things to meet the educational needs of all our students within our school system. It’s time to stop blaming the state for problems in education and start looking at ourselves to realize we are trying to hold on to our old ways so hard we are choking out innovation.

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