Excessive "Education" Spending in Indiana


Amazingly, Indiana is home to nine of the ten largest high school gymnasiums in the nation. This is very disturbing, and probably explains why Indiana has one of the worst school systems in the nation as well. This was originally reported by USA Today.

State City Capacity
Indiana New Castle (Chrysler) 9,325
Indiana Anderson 8,996
Indiana East Chicago 8,296
Indiana Seymour 8,110
Indiana Richmond 7,929
Texas Dallas (Alfred J. Loos) 7,500
Indiana Elkhart 7,373
Indiana Michigan City 7,304
Indiana Gary (West Side) 7,217
Indiana Marion 7,054

(Above) The New Castle, Indiana Fieldhouse holds almost 10,000 spectators.

Large schools have benefits


Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana has over 3600 students and growing. While some claim this is too impersonal and simply to big, it has it's benefits.

Carmel offers its students many unique classes and great opportunities that only come with a large school. The school even has a television station and a radio station, which is even streamed live online.

Examples of unique classes include Cisco Networking, Service Leadership, Fashion Merchandising, Fiber Design, Photojournalism, Biblical Literature, Law Education, International Relations, Multivariable Calculus & 34 performing arts classes.

Numerous organizations exist including a bicameral student government, consisting of a House and Senate. Isn't this great. What is this small school hype all about?

Drop out rates limitations


The Indianapolis Star published an AP article today regarding drop out rates at high schools. Recently, legislation was passed that limits the ability to drop out of school to health, financial, or court-related reasons. This is in attempt to save the falling graduation rates, especially under the new formulas.

"The National Dropout Prevention Center says some students leave school because they are bored or don't perform well academically or become pregnant. Others have no parental involvement in their education, have difficulty connecting with teachers or chafe under strict school attendance policies or rules about suspensions."

The No Child Left Behind Act is the prime reason for working on these drop out rates. Schools are forced to be held accountable.

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