Morning Bell: Córdova’s Big Bonus, Project School Fight, Voucher Analysis
Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana
Former Purdue president France Cordova received $500,000 as part of her contract with the university. She is moving to Santa Fe, N.M., to serve as a visiting faculty member at the not-for-profit Santa Fe Institute.
Cordova to get $500,000 bonus, other perks – “Under Córdova’s 2007 employment contract, she gets a one-year sabbatical at full pay and benefits to reorient herself to her teaching discipline or to prepare for duties as president emeritus. For the 2012-13 year, Córdova’s pay is $475,997, a 2.2 percent raise from last year.” Lafayette Journal and Courier
Choice vs. standards at the Indianapolis Project School – “Should we set high standards, pressure schools to meet them and impose consequences when they don’t? Or should we focus on creating more options, trust parents to know what’s best for their children and let the market decide which schools stay open and which schools close.” School Matters
Vouchers vary test outcomes – “Private schools that accepted voucher students saw their ISTEP passing rates dip this year at the same time public school scores rose slightly, a Journal Gazette analysis shows.” Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Part-time faculty gain prominence on college campus – “But some advocacy groups argue that an overreliance on part-time faculty can weaken the academic experience for students on campus. In addition, they said, offering too many part-time faculty positions can make it harder for professors looking for full-time work.” Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
State-of-the-art planetarium coming to BSU – “Approved by the Ball State Trustees on Friday, the new planetarium is becoming a reality due to the largesse of a 1971 alumnus, Charlie Brown, whose astronomical gift is rooted in the most worldly of sources, chicken and tacos. Co-owner of Southern Bells, a chain of Taco Bell and KFC restaurants, Brown is providing a contribution of nearly $2.2 million, representing almost half the $4.6 million needed to complete the facility.” Muncie Star Press