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Rally Held For Greater Clark County Schools’ Superintendent

Some southern Indiana residents will rally Monday night in support of Greater Clark County Schools’ superintendent Stephen Daeschner.

The school board announced last week that it is discussing options for keeping Daeschner working in the district, which may include a pay cut or a demotion. Daeschner has been publicly silent on whether he would accept either option as details are being worked out. His supports, on the other hand, have not.

Daeschner has been invaluable to the district and letting him go is not an option for many concerned residents, said former board member and rally organizer Robbie Valentine.

“You have a guy in place that has done a tremendous job with our students and staff. He’s taken them to the next level when it comes to accountability and academic level. That’s why we brought him in here,” he said.

Valentine said he expects a couple of hundred people at the event being held at Kye’s at 6 pm.

“It’s a heck of a line up, the CEO of One Southern Indiana, we’ve got some strong leaders, Tom Galligan, mayor. We’re going to make sure the superintendent says a few words and it goes on and on,” Valentine said.

Galligan’s office confirmed that he was scheduled for the event, but could not say whether he would definitely be attending.

The school board is trying to find ways to cut $4 million from its budget. Daeschner has proposed about $125,000 dollars in administrative cost cutting, but the board may need him to propose more, said board president Christina Gilkey in an interview with WFPL last week.

The board would like to keep Daeschner in a curriculum role, but what that looks like is still unclear. If no agreement is reached by Dec. 20 the board will issue Daeschner a letter of non-renewal.

The board will meet on Tuesday to further discuss its budget

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Councilwoman Judy Green Is Well Enough For Monday’s Trial

The group Concerned Citizens for District One called Councilwoman Judy Green’s treatment a “lynching” on a sign-in sheet at a rally held for Green on Thursday night at Rev. Louis H. Coleman Jr. Community Center.

Several community members spoke and around 50 attended, including Green and her husband James Green. Many said they were upset about the Green’s treatment in Metro Council and questioned whether the body was treating Green unfairly because of her race. More importantly, they said, they’re concerned that removing Green will disenfranchise their community.

Several speakers referenced Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle and compared Green’s mistakes to human errors on the road to a higher purpose. Others blamed the media.

Green supporter Bob Cunningham said if Metro Council removes Green it will set an unwelcome precedent; and he said Green was guilty of doing her job too well.

“You are not wrong because you break a bad rule. Dr. King broke the rules everyday. A runaway slave was breaking the rules. But sister, you’re not alone in this, that’s what we want you to know,” said Cunningham.

The rally concluded with speeches from the councilwoman and her husband, who said it’s inappropriate for the media to inquire about the status of her health. Green previously sought to delay her trial, claiming she had been hospitalized. James Green alluded to the seriousness of his wife’s illness and said that he provided the necessary documents to justify her absences in Metro Council.

“I’m not going to let anyone kill her,” said James Green.

But Judy Green said she’s not scared anymore.

“I’m not planning on resigning. I mean of course the deck is stacked–it’s stacked–but I’m not planning on resigning,” she said.

Green said previous reports from Metro Hall sources that said she was leaving her office with boxes were untrue. And she feels well enough to attend Monday’s removal trial.

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Rally To Be Held In Frankfort Against Wisconsin, Indiana Legislation

by Dalton Main

Kentuckians will rally Saturday in Frankfort in support of protesters in Wisconsin and Indiana, who are fighting legislation they say will hurt labor unions. Similar rallies will be held in state capitals across the nation.

MoveOn.org and several other organizations are promoting the rallies. Keith Rouda with MoveOn hopes the event will show solidarity across the nation among people striving to protect and further unionized labor.

“They’re attacking us all; and we’re very concerned about kind of a nationwide trend that’s happening, because …you know… we’re kind of in support of the folks in Wisconsin, but the same thing or similar things is happening in Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, New Jersey, Oklahoma, kind of across the nation,” he says.

Through this show of solidarity, Rouda says he hopes to prevent the spread of legislation similar to what is being fought over in Wisconsin.

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Dozens Protest Proposition 8 In Louisville

Prop 8 ProtestDozens of protesters gathered outside of City Hall in Louisville Saturday as part of a national day of protest against gay marriage bans.

The movement was spurred by California’s recently passed ban, but rallies have been organized in all 50 states.

Curtis Morrison organized the protest in Louisville. He says the push for equal rights goes beyond California.

“We’ve bit our lip long enough, so this probably will be the birth of a Prop 8 Protestnew civil rights movement,” he says. “It’ll go down in history.”

Same-sex marriage and civil unions are not allowed in Kentucky. Other protests in the Commonwealth were held in Lexington and Berea.
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