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Mike Smithson

Kennedy has it right about the drug war and there's a bigger connection btwn education and the drug war then she mentions in her the criminal justice budget has increased across America for the past 30 yrs, the education budget has decreased. Last yr in Colorado, for instance, the spending on the education budget and the criminal justice budget crossed--the criminal justice budget (a lot of which was for prisons) eclipsed the ed budget.
But America is beginning to see this great mistake of a policy, and a great grp of people is bringing that info to light: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. This unusual law enforcement organization was formed 4 yrs ago and is comprised of cops, judges, prosecutors, prison wardens and others in the criminal justtice system, as well as concerned citizens, who believe that the Drug War is a popublic policy disaster. Chk them out at

Isaac Lashbrook

Well, less than one day after my editorial appeared in the Indy Star, I received feedback from Stan Jones, who is the Indiana Commissioner of Higher Education. This is in my words (recounting the phone conversation), not his:

He said he read my editorial yesterday and wanted to speak with me about the selection process of the appointees to the Higher Ed Board. He said he agrees that the appointees are not always extremely knowledgeable in regard to school matters, but the Commission’s hands are somewhat tied due to laws concerning who can and cannot be on the board. He said they are required by law to have 1 faculty member and 1 student from one of the many Indiana public universities, and no one else on the board can be employed by the schools (as to prevent biased decisions, agendas, etc.). Mr. Jones said he understood my position and agrees in principle, but wanted to inform me that due to the laws, their hands are tied as to who can be on the board, thus limiting the number of appointees that could potentially give input from an education background. But he was very respectful and thanked me for being concerned enough to write about the situation.



Robert, we hear so much in the media about how superior private schools are to public schools that I really appreciated this thought provoking post. Secretary Spelling's comments were baffling to me, to say the least.

Rob H.

Yeah, biz. The misconceptions out there are so pervasive that its had to see straight. This report should be groundbreaking but those who've decided ideologically that we should kill the public school work against getting this kind of word out.

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