Education en Allen County Selected for Pre-K Pilot Program <p>Allen County is among the five counties picked to participate in Indiana's pre-K pilot program.</p><p></p><p>The program provides up to ten million dollars – along with local matching funds – to help low-income four-year-olds attend pre-kindergarten classes. Vouchers would go to families with incomes below 127 percent of the poverty line.</p><p></p><p>United Way of Allen County was selected to lead the campaign to bring the pilot here, and UWAC Director of Community Impact Jeanne Zehr says the program could serve more than 1,400&nbsp;children when it’s up and running.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:04:21 +0000 Sean Bueter 33616 at Committee May Settle Ethics Complaint Against Former Schools Chief <p>An ethics committee investigating charges against former state superintendent Tony Bennett is considering a settlement.&nbsp; The inspector general filed an ethics complaint against Bennett in November alleging he used government resources during his re-election campaign in 2012.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The accusations against Bennett allege he kept databases of campaign donors and used government resources during his 2012 re-election campaign against current state superintendent Glenda Ritz.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:16:26 +0000 Claire McInerny 32852 at Committee May Settle Ethics Complaint Against Former Schools Chief StateImpact: When Education Starts Early, Kids Benefit <p>This month, the Family and Social Services Administration will announce the five counties selected to participate in the state’s&nbsp;new pre-k pilot program,&nbsp;Indiana’s&nbsp;first big move toward&nbsp;making preschool a priority.&nbsp;</p><p>But many believe&nbsp;a child’s learning needs to be a priority from the beginning of life, well before they ever enter a classroom.</p><p>In our weekly education feature, StateImpact Indiana’s Claire McInerny has more on brain development from birth to age four.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:31:57 +0000 Claire McInerny 32691 at StateImpact: When Education Starts Early, Kids Benefit Pence Does Not Support Plan to Freeze A-F Grades for Schools <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">After announcing Indiana’s students will take a new standardized test this spring&nbsp;&nbsp;that matches the state’s new standards, state superintendent Glenda Ritz suggested the state&nbsp;&nbsp;should suspend A-F grades for schools because most students will perform poorly on the new&nbsp;&nbsp;test. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:45:42 +0000 Claire McInerny 31884 at Educators Concerned About Quick Turnaround for New Test <p>Indiana’s students will take a new standardized test this spring – a year earlier than anticipated.</p><p></p><p>The test isn’t designed yet but it has to match the standards the state adopted to replace the Common Core.</p><p></p><p>Education officials and school leaders are worried about the short turnaround.</p><p></p><p><em>StateImpact Indiana’s </em>Rachel Morello and Claire McInerny discuss the sudden change in testing plans.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:12:13 +0000 Rachel Morello 31690 at Educators Concerned About Quick Turnaround for New Test Study: Guidance Counselors Spending Less Time with Students <p>Guidance counselors are supposed to spend a lot of time with students. They help kids decide which classes to take, fill out college scholarship applications and advise them on the path they should choose after they graduate high school.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:39:51 +0000 Claire McInerny 31406 at Study: Guidance Counselors Spending Less Time with Students Heritage Trail - The First Lighted League Game <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week 131 years ago, League Park, known today as Headwaters Park, hosted the first professional evening baseball game under big league lights. WBOI’s Tom Castaldi from the Heritage Trail has that story.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Castaldi 31160 at State Board Set to Meet Over 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver Troubles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The State Board of Education is convening Tuesday to discuss how it can hold on to its No Child Left Behind Waiver. The meeting comes after the U.S. Department of Education sent state superintendent Glenda Ritz a letter informing her the state’s waiver is at risk of being pulled.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During a formal review last summer, the U.S. Department of Education found Indiana was not meeting the requirements that exempt it from No Child Left Behind benchmarks.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 18:05:51 +0000 Claire McInerny 30296 at Heritage Trail - Old Tower Bank <p>Lincoln Tower was Fort Wayne’s first skyscraper and turns 99 years old this month.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;The Heritage Trail’s Tom Castaldi tells us about the founding and history of one of Fort Wayne’s most recognizable buildings.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 16:41:31 +0000 Tom Castaldi 29897 at This Week on WBOI Presents: "Growing Up in the Arab World" <p>This week on WBOI&nbsp;Presents, we bring you a fascinating conversation on what it's like to grow up in the Arab World. &nbsp;</p><p>The panel discussion features IPFW professors Mohammed Alhassan of the Engineering Department and Assem&nbsp;Nasr&nbsp;of the Communications Department, who both grew up in Arab countries. &nbsp;</p><p>Ipfw Arabic instructor Farah Combs moderated the discussion. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Katy Anderson 29821 at