ANOTHER VIEWPOINT: Nursing home reform is too long past due

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Anderson Herald Bulletin

Michael Hicks: Some surprising lessons from COVID learning loss

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Last month, my colleague Dagney Faulk and I published a study on COVID-related learning loss in Indiana schools (available at https://projects.cberdata.org). The results were surprising and largely positive — or, at least, more hopeful than I expected. The purpose of this work was to better understand what factors contributed to learning loss. What we know so far has mostly been limited to simple descriptive statistics about changes in test scores. That is a good start, but it cannot speak to correlation, much less causation about learning loss. To do so requires more math.

MORRIS: Zero tolerance for the word police

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A white teacher in Chicago was fired recently for using the N-word in class.

Linda Dunn: Let’s not ignore ‘uncomfortable’ history

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Am I the only one who finds it ironic that while we are celebrating black history month in February, our legislators have been hard at work writing, revising and arguing for bills to eliminate black history from our public school classrooms and libraries?

MORRIS: ‘Snow days’ only a memory

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Because I am an old man, snow scares me. Sometimes, I think it is downright evil.

John Krull: Tale of the club of three

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Long, long ago, on a spring Sunday night my father told my sister and me that we were going to visit the hospital in the Ohio town where we lived then.

Tom Heller: Filling a tax piggy bank

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Michael Leppert, a columnist and lecturer at Indiana University, recently shed light on the $5 billion in taxes already paid and collected that the state of Indiana has amassed in a budget reserve fund. That is money now bubbling over 12.5 percent of general-fund spending levels and triggering an automatic refund to state taxpayers. Leppert argues that the state should not be in the business of stuffing a piggy bank with our taxes.

ANOTHER VIEWPOINT: New federal vision for traffic safety redirects focus

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has set a new goal: zero traffic deaths.