Listen to America: A HuffPost Road Trip coming to Fort Wayne Oct. 4-5


Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus is pleased to be one of many stops
the HuffPost will make during their cross-country tour.

Come tell your story!

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.
Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Coliseum Campus Auditorium, 3800 North Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne

Forum: “Vouchers: The Economics and Academics of Choice”

  • Moderator: Rebecca Klein, HuffPost
  • Panelists: Mark Berends, Center for Research on Educational Opportunity, Notre Dame; Laurie Johnson, Program Chair for Education at Ivy Tech; Ann Duff, Member-elect for Board of School Trustees at Fort Wayne Community Schools and parent; Karen Francisco, Journal-Gazette reporter.
  • RSVP online here

Thursday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tour stop: Downtown Allen County Public Library outdoor plaza
(rain location: indoors at ACPL)

  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP online here

Story published in Sunday’s Journal Gazette:

JG, HuffPost team up for voucher stories

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Nearly six years after Indiana launched a voucher program, there are strong advocates and critics.

The Journal Gazette will begin an in-depth look at Indiana’s school choice system starting Oct. 1, as part of a partnership with HuffPost.

HuffPost on Sept. 12 launched a cross-country tour that will include 25 stops – one of them in Fort Wayne – where people from Missouri and Arkansas to Nebraska and Wyoming have a chance to speak out on various issues.

The “Listen To America” tour is designed to capture the “concerns, hopes and dreams of everyday Americans,” according to a news release from HuffPost, a global media company.

The goal, HuffPost said, is to provide “moving, multimedia storytelling that showcases what we share as Americans, rather than what divides us.”

HuffPost is also partnering with local media at each stop to examine – or take a “deep dive” look at – topics of significant regional or state interest.

Indiana’s voucher program is being watched by numerous other states and could become a national model.

Journal Gazette reporters Niki Kelly, Ashley Sloboda and Rosa Salter Rodriguez are producing several stories along with HuffPost reporter Rebecca Klein. They will examine how Indiana’s voucher program is helping a widening group of parents send their children to private schools and how some of those schools accepting public money use religious-based curriculum. They’ll also share the stories of students, profile two schools and more.

On Oct. 4, the HuffPost will host a 7 p.m. panel discussion on vouchers at Ivy Tech, moderated by Klein. Confirmed panelists are Mark Berends of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity at University of Notre Dame; Anne Duff, a local parent and Fort Wayne Community Schools board member; Beth Bearman, a local parent who has used vouchers to help pay for her children’s educations; and Laurie Johnson, program chair for education at Ivy Tech. Karen Francisco, The Journal Gazette’s Perspective page editor, will also participate.


Oct. 4: To register in advance for the 7 p.m. Oct. 4 forum on vouchers at Ivy Tech, go to

Oct. 5: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., HuffPost will be at the downtown Allen County Public Library with its tour bus-mobile video studio to capture what’s on the minds of people of all ages and backgrounds.

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