Franklin Man Charged With Stolen Truck, Guns After Chase

A Franklin, Indiana man was charged by Crothersville Police with a possessing stolen property and weapons charges last Wednesday night after he led police from four agencies on an 18-mile chase.

Brandon McIntosh

Incarcerated in Jackson County Jail was Brandon A. McIntosh, 19, of Franklin.

Around 10:10 p.m. last Wednesday, Crothersville Police Officer Matt Browning and Reserve Officer Zach Elliott witnessed a black 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup disregard a stop sign at Preston & Moore Streets in front of the local police station in Crothersville, according to local police Capt. J.L. McElfresh.

Browning and Elliott attempted to stop the truck for the traffic infraction but the driver refused to stop fleeing northbound on US Hwy 31. The pursuit was joined by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, and Seymour Police Department.

Seymour Police Officers deployed stop sticks on US 31 just south of the US 31 & Hwy 50 junction. McIntosh’s truck struck the stop sticks with the left front tire but he continued driving north of US 31 on a deflated tire.

Officers continued to pursue the vehicle until the driver stopped the vehicle in the 11000 Block North US Hwy 31, north of Reddington.

The truck that McIntosh was driving had been reported stolen to the Franklin Police Department earlier in the day, McElfresh said. Inside the vehicle officers recovered two handguns that were in the truck when it was stolen.

McIntosh was booked into the Jackson County Jail at 11:15 p.m. charged with three counts of possession of stolen property, criminal recklessness, aggressive driving, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, carrying a handgun without a license, operating a vehicle while never licensed.

In addition to CPD officers Browning and Elliott, assisting in the arrest were Chief Brent Turner, Capt. J.L. McElfresh, Officer Chris Cooper, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Seymour Police Department, and Indiana State Police.

Indiana Chamber Study: Merging Small School Districts Could Improve Test Scores

Hoosier school districts with fewer than 2,000 students should consider merging with another small district to reap better test scores, according to a study released last Tuesday.

“Students in small school corporations in Indiana, which comprise 20 percent of total statewide enrollment, are academically disadvantaged,” said Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

Consolidation of districts could reduce administrative costs and improve SAT scores, Advanced Placement passing rates, eighth-grade ISTEP scores and passing rates for end-of-course assessments in algebra and biology, the study found.

“Smaller schools have meaningfully worse outcomes in standardized tests and the college preparatory elements — the SAT, the ACT and the AP pass-rate — particularly in mathematics and sciences than do larger schools,” said Michael Hicks, director of the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research.

The study, commissioned by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation, was conducted by Ball State’s CBER.

In 2014, 154 of Indiana’s 289 schools corporations had enrollments of fewer than 2,000 students. Of the smaller school corporations, 94 percent were contiguous with another small district.

The enrollment figure of 2,000 was chosen for the study because it has been identified in previous studies as the minimum number for efficiency.

Small districts that increase their enrollment to around 2,000 could experience an increase in the average student’s performance on SAT of 20.5 points and a 14.9 percent increase in students passing AP exams.

A district merger could also yield a 5 percent point increase in eighth-grade ISTEP pass rate and an additional 4 percentage point increased in end-of-course assessments in algebra and biology.

The size of a district, however, did not impact the passing rate for fourth-grade ISTEP or 10th-grade end-of-course assessments in English, Hicks said.

A district with more than 50,000 students, however, becomes problematic, Hicks said. Indiana’s largest districts include Indianapolis Public Schools at 30,000 students, South Bend Community Schools at 19,300 and Vigo County Schools at 15,400. The smallest districts include Union School Corporation in Randolph County at about 336 and Medora Community Schools in Jackson County at 205.

Enrollment declines have been seen in numerous districts, knocking some like Decatur County Community Schools and Brown County Schools closer to the 2,000-student mark.

Enrollment declines are due primarily to population shifts to urban centers and the loss of manufacturing jobs among other factors, Hicks said.

In Indiana, 85 school districts had enrollment declines of 100 or more from 2006 to 2014, the study found.

“They’re not going to grow their way out of this problem. It’s only going to get worse,” Brinegar said.

Brinegar applauded action by the recent Indiana General Assembly that provided consolidating school districts with a one-time incentive of $250 per student. The grant can go towards the professional fees associated with the consolidation or for teacher stipends.

Crothersville Superintendent Disagrees

However, Crothersville Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Terry Goodin doesn’t share the view that larger schools produce better students. “The push against small schools is now mainstream as statewide there is movement toward consolidation of small schools with larger ones,” said Goodin, who is also a State Representative.

The state Chamber of Commerce believes businesses must be innovative to remain viable, he said.

“Here at Crothersville we are following the Chamber of Commerce’s lead in our business of educating our students by being innovative,” said the local school leader.

He points out that Crothersville has some advantages that some of the state’s other small schools do not.

“Crothersville is ahead of the curve on an important educational argument,” he said. “Our partnerships with Ivy Tech, Austin High School and Southwestern High School provides us the best of both worlds: access to more academic programs in a small school setting.”

As long as we can continue to be innovative there should be no word or need to consolidate, Goodin said.

 

Scott L. Miley, CNHI Statehouse Bureau, contributed to this story.

 

Chamber’s Report Lands With A Thud Among Rural Southern Indiana Schools

 

“I’ve been working on my dissertation,” said Travis Madison, Barr-Reeve Superintendent, a school with an enrollment of 850 in Daviess County. “The one thing I know is that you can get whatever answer you want. All you have to do is phrase the question to get it.”

Barr-Reeve has roughly 850 students enrolled this fall. That is less than half of the 2,000 student threshold the State Chamber recommends.

Like Crothersville, Barr-Reeve partners with colleges so that students are receiving dual credits they can use after high school. Some graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree

Madison says that there is a group that is composed of some legislators and the Chamber of Commerce that have been pushing this same agenda for years.

“This is the same claim we got back when Mitch Daniels was first elected,” said Madison. “They think larger school corporations are more efficient and they put together information to build that narrative. These legislators and the Chamber want everything in a box. They think small communities can’t make their own good decisions.”

Smaller schools were doing well financially until the state changed the funding formula favoring growing school systems to the detriment of smaller ones, he said.

Madison says the message out of Indianapolis about school size is inconsistent.

“If small is bad, then why have the voucher program for private schools and charter schools?” he said. “Those are all smaller schools and the state tells us how the smaller class size and one-on-one attention helps the students. They are talking out of both sides of their mouth.”

Madison contends the study is building numbers to create a conclusion.

“We have found that when it comes to success, size doesn’t matter,” he said. “It’s about the people. The student who show up ready to learn, the faculty and staff that are committed to providing quality education and parents who support their school and community.”

“This is really another attack on public education,” said Madison. “For some reason there are some people who want private enterprise to take over education. Let’s remember that Indiana pulled $300 million out of public education and never replaced it. This looks like their way of covering that they dropped the ball on funding.”

Mike Grant of the Washington Times contributed to this story.

Bigger Is Not Always Better

by Curt Kovener

Size does indeed matter. But bigger is sometimes a detriment.

At 6’7” I have difficulty finding clothes. With a size 14 foot, there is also difficulty finding shoes. And I don’t fit in just any vehicle comfortably.

But enough about me.

The State Chamber of Commerce wants schools smaller than 2,000 enrollment to merge to improve test scores and student performance. I am not so sure of that correlation. If I can’t swim so well in my backyard pool will I swim better in the crowded larger municipal pool? Read two stories on our front page this week for differing views on that topic.

The State Chamber of Commerce is a legislative lobbying organization for its members who own & run businesses. They lobby for things like decreased taxes, decreased regulation, and improved government infrastructure to benefit business. Their members pay them dues annually to do this. And some of those dues are more than four figures each year. So you have to factor in a cost/benefit.

It should go without saying that a one-man newspaper in a one-stoplight town can’t afford their membership dues and wouldn’t get much benefit from the organization. But they would take my money if offered and send me a nice window decal to display to prove I am in business.

Now look up and down the main business district of Crothersville and ask yourself “I wonder how many of the few businesses left in town are members of the state chamber?”

That answer would be none.

If a lobbying firm does what it’s dues paying members want, and few to none of their members are from small communities, interests of small communities, business or otherwise, are left in the lurch. The small town voices get drowned out by the big city boys & girls.

Bigger is better? Methinks the fix is in.

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