Reed ready for statewide "Listening Tour" - October 05, 2006

Record Number: 2650
Displayed from: Oct 05, 2006 , until: Oct 20, 2006

The following news release is from the Indiana Department of Education:  School visits to gather input on Full-Day Kindergarten, other upcoming legislative priorities for K-12 education Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed is inviting Hoosiers to join her during an upcoming statewide "Listening Tour" of Indiana's school communities. Dr. Reed will visit schools across the state to meet with students, parents, educators, business and community leaders to gather feedback on Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) and other education issues expected to arise the upcoming 2007 General Assembly. Reed and Gov. Mitch Daniels have agreed to make FDK a top, joint legislative priority in 2007. Daniels and lawmakers have voiced interest in joining Reed as she travels the state. "This is a great opportunity to talk with people around the state about important issues in our educational system," Reed said. "There is a lot to be learned when we open our ears and really listen to what Hoosiers have to say." Reed will visit every region during her statewide tour, which is sure to include visits with students at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Area business and education leaders in each community will join Reed in hosting an evening town hall meeting with parents, teachers, students and community leaders. Reed said she expects to hear suggestions and comments about school funding, FDK, student testing, dropout prevention, among other key topics. More specific itineraries will be announced prior to each community visit. Dates and locations of the 2006 Listening Tour are: Wednesday, Oct. 25 - Terre Haute; Monday, Oct. 30 - Evansville; Tuesday, Nov. 14 - New Albany; Tuesday, Nov. 28 - Ft. Wayne; Wednesday, Nov. 29 - South Bend; Thursday, Nov. 30 - Gary; Monday, Dec. 4 - Indianapolis.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.