Reading roundup: Gov. Mike Pence, Glenda Ritz in mess, again

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This winter routine’s getting old by now, isn’t it? Chilly day, education policy drama in the Statehouse, rinse, repeat!

My roundup of 10 or so reads for your Tuesday morning:

  • Gov. Mike Pence ordered an emergency review of ISTEP and called on schools chief Glenda Ritz to cut the test’s length from about 12 hours to 6 just weeks before the annual test is set to be given to schoolchildren. (IndyStar) Who’s to blame for this latest debacle? (Tom LoBianco)
  • Meanwhile, the GOP-controlled House overwhelmingly backed HB 1609 to remove Ritz, a Democrat, as the chair of the state education board. (Chalkbeat)
  • So that’s where all the snow went: Boston, rest of New England socked with another 20+ inches of snow. (USA Today)
  • IMPD had to call for reinforcements Saturday as teens swarmed downtown Indy, with 20 banned from Circle Centre. (Fox59)
  • “No relief” for enrollment slump at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, other law schools. (IBJ)
  • Test tube flights, anyone? Science-themed distillery The Broken Beaker is coming to Mass Ave. (IndyStar)
  • A new set of search tools called Memex, developed by DARPA, peers into the “deep Web” to reveal illegal activity. (Scientific American)
  • No Big Bang? A new quantum equation predicts the universe has no beginning. (
  • Kanye West was not totally wrong — Beck’s Grammy for Album of the Year missed the mark, says David Lindquist. (IndyStar)
  • Carmel’s Samantha Steffen was among the women sent home on Monday night’s episode of “The Bachelor,” prompting legions of the show’s audience to ask of the screen-time-deprived contestant, “Who’s Samantha?” (People)

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Author: Cori

Cori Faklaris (aka "HeyCori") is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Software and Information Systems, College of Computing. Faklaris received her PhD in human-computer interaction in 2022 from Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science, in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. She also is a social media expert and longtime journalist, and/or "Doer of Things No One Else Wants to Do."

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