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State Recommends Big Changes To Gary’s School Closing Plan

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June 2, 2014

Gary officials had a conversation with state Department of Education over the weekend, which will change its plans to close five of its 16 remaining buildings. Lew Wallace High School, which has been slated to remain open as a middle school, is now likely to close. The city needs to close a $14 million budget deficit and deal with some of its under performing school, which are on the verge of state action. We talk to Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt.

The US EPA is announcing new rules on climate change.  To find out what it means for Indiana, we’ll talk to a leading environmental group and get an analysis from researchers working for the US Chamber.

We’ll also find out why Valparaiso is concerned about fluoride in the drinking water.

And go over a report showing that Indiana tops the nation for the number of jobs related to water.

Guests include:

Cheryl Pruitt, superintendent of Gary Community School Corp

David Bengs, president Valparaiso Utilities

Jodi Perras, campaign representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in Indiana

Vince Griffin, Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Ronald Turco, Director of the Indiana Water Resources Research Center at Purdue University



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