The Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission released its report in mid-December. All Hoosiers should be interested in what it did and did not say about teacher pay, along with recommendations they offered. I begin with some stark observations about education finance.

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For the past four decades, I've covered the Indiana General Assembly as a reporter and monitored it as a columnist and publisher. What occurred on the House floor and out in the Statehouse hallways last week has been described as a "racial" clash. And I will tell you up front that while there has been racial tension throughout Indiana's two centuries of statehood, this is the first time in my memory that it bubbled up so publicly at the Statehouse.

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Recent local news and television reports have featured stories on Anderson’s all-white school board’s refusal to allow Blacks and Hispanics to serve as non-voting members of the committee to interview candidates for the superintendency. Not only do I think such refusal is shameful, it is also likely to guarantee the selection of a superintendent who may not be the best choice for the position.

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As the one-year anniversary of the month during which the COVID-19 pandemic began in the U.S. nears, a milestone signifying the severity and seriousness of the public health crisis has already arrived.

The Indiana General Assembly addressed important concerns of the state’s public school teachers during the 2020 legislative session.

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Obituaries

Lange, Donald L., 71, of Logansport, visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Gundrum Funeral Home and Crematory. A private burial will take place at Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport.

Kolke, Thomas J., 70, of Logansport, a funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at St. Florian Catholic Church, 13145 S. Houston Ave., Chicago, IL 60633. Entombment will take place privately at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City, Illinois.

Kolke, Thomas J., 70, of Logansport, a funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Florian Catholic Church, 13145 S. Houston Ave., Chicago, IL 60633. Entombment will take place privately at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City, Illinois.

Robeson, Wilma Lou, 92, of Deer Creek, services will be held today at Faith Lutheran Church, with calling from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., services at 1 p.m. and burial following at Rock Creek Cemetery. Cree Funeral Home in Camden is in charge of arrangements.

Kolke, Thomas J., 70, of Logansport, a funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at St. Florian Catholic Church, 13145 S. Houston Ave., Chicago, IL 60633. Entombment will take place privately at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City, Illinois.