As he proudly admits, State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) is a free market advocate.
"I am no fan of monopolies," he said. "We have to come to the realization that newer technology is here and the print media has more competition."
Lucas, a member of the Indiana House of Representatives Education Committee, was talking about House Bill 1003 now being considered by the Indiana General Assembly.
Lucas told the Plain Dealer he has not made up his mind yet on the "Education Matters" bill now in front of the Education Committee, which will decide whether or not to send the measure on to the full House.
(Lucas also talked about other legislation that he has presented this session, see story below.)
Part of the education proposal, authored by Jack Jordan (R-Bremen), calls for the elimination of requiring the state's school corporations to have annual school performance reports published in the public notice/legal advertisement sections of the newspaper of record for each district. Instead, school corporations could merely post school performance reports online for public perusal.
"The push is for more money toward teacher pay, something I hear all year long," said Lucas, who represents most of Jennings County. "This could possibly save money for that."
Steve Key, executive director of the Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA), of which the Plain Dealer & Sun is a member, argues that the money saved would be minimal. What's more, eliminating the publication of school performance reports would do more harm than good.
Attendees at this year's Our Hospice gala will find themselves "Derby Dreaming" as they benefit this local organization that provides so much help in the finals days of life.
This is Winter Homecoming Week at Jennings County High School with festivities culminating with the crowning of the 2020 Winter Homecoming queen and king at halftime of Friday's boys basketball game with Crothersville.
"I hear that train a comin', it's rolling round the bend ..." - from "Folsom City Blues" by Johnny Cash
JoAnn Barriger of Jennings County High School competes in the 100-yard butterfly during Tuesday's interscholastic competition at the Harry Purkhiser Natatorium. The sophomore finished third in the race. A story and more photos are on pages 6A and 7A.-Photo by Jeffrey Everroad