July 29th, 2013
By TOM LoBIANCO
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indiana and current Florida schools chief Tony Bennett built his national star by promising to hold ‘‘failing’’ schools accountable. But when it appeared an Indianapolis charter school run by a prominent Republican donor might receive a poor grade, Bennett’s education team frantically overhauled his signature ‘‘A-F’’ school grading system to improve the school’s marks.
By RICK CALLAHAN
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An outside review of online glitches that disrupted Indiana’s ISTEP testing this spring concludes those problems had no measurable negative impact on students’ scores, even though they affected nearly a third of the students who took the test.
A committee selected by Decatur Mayor John Schultz has been holding meetings since last October in order to produce recommendations for the city's long-term future.
Members of the committee are Greg Kitson, Ben Faurote, Anne Razo, Keith Blythe, Jason Brune, Cam Collier, Diedre Miller and Adam Lengerich.
The committee submitted a lengthy and detailed report to city council on July 16. The report follows:
Further details in today's print and e-editions.
Saturday was a busy day in Berne, with Swiss Days hitting full stride and featuring numerous activities, putting a wrap on the four-day event.
From weiner dog races to stein tossing and a big parade, the activities drew large crowds amid nearly ideal weather.
The family (see photo) of fallen soldier Nick Taylor served as grand marshals of the annual parade.
Two Decatur men, Jon Hebble and Greg Kitson, have been notified that they are to be inducted into the Fenwal Donation Hall of Fame in recognition of their blood donations over the years.
"We look forward to working with you to recognize Greg Kitson and Jon Hebble as celebrated blood donors whose commitment to blood donation has helped save and improve countless lives," Fenwal officials said in a message to the Fort Wayne chapter of The American Red Cross.
John A. Bittner, 55, of Decatur, died Friday.
Among survivors are his wife, Lydia M. Bittner of Parchment, Mich.; mother, Patsy Bittner of Decatur; sister, Darlene K. Bittner of Decatur; and four brothers, Mark (Lori) Bittner of Convoy, Ohio; Steven (Joyce) Bittner, Thomas (Carrie) Bittner, and James (Stacey) Bittner, all of Decatur.
Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Eric O. Case, Jr., 21, Decatur, died Sunday in Bluffton.
Arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.
Amelia R. Loshe, 100, of Decatur, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at River Terrace Estates in Bluffton.
Amelia was born on December 19, 1912, to the late August T. and Ellen M. (Rumschlag) Lengerich in Adams County.
On April 14, 1932, she married Herman P. Loshe; he passed away February 19, 2000.
Amelia was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Harvest House, Women of St. Mary, and Lady of Victory study club.
Colonel (Retired) Michael C. McAdams passed away July 27, 2013.
Col. (Ret.) McAdams was born in Springfield, Mo. He graduated from McCallie School, earning a football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology. Upon graduation as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from Ga. Tech., he was commissioned a Regular Army Second Lieutenant of Artillery with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management.
Marjorie L. Meyer, 92 years old, of Decatur, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Adams Memorial Hospital.
Marjorie was born on Sunday, November 7, 1920, in Fort Wayne to the late Albert and Helen (Mailand) Scheumann.
She married Robert C. Meyer on August 4, 1948, in Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur; he passed away on November 16, 2006.