education http://wboi.org en Allen County Selected for Pre-K Pilot Program http://wboi.org/post/allen-county-selected-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 http://wboi.org Committee May Settle Ethics Complaint Against Former Schools Chief http://wboi.org/post/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 http://wboi.org Committee May Settle Ethics Complaint Against Former Schools Chief StateImpact: When Education Starts Early, Kids Benefit http://wboi.org/post/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 http://wboi.org StateImpact: When Education Starts Early, Kids Benefit Educators Concerned About Quick Turnaround for New Test http://wboi.org/post/educators-concerned-about-quick-turnaround-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 http://wboi.org Educators Concerned About Quick Turnaround for New Test Study: Guidance Counselors Spending Less Time with Students http://wboi.org/post/study-guidance-counselors-spending-less-time-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 http://wboi.org Study: Guidance Counselors Spending Less Time with Students Indiana Considering Counties for Pre-K Pilot Program http://wboi.org/post/indiana-considering-counties-pre-k-pilot-program <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Eighteen counties, including Allen County, &nbsp;are being considered for the state-funded pre-k pilot program. The state legislature approved&nbsp;&nbsp;the program earlier this year and the Family and Social Services Administration announced the&nbsp;&nbsp;finalists today. Just five of&nbsp;&nbsp;those counties that will be chosen to participate in the pilot program. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:10:24 +0000 Claire McInerny 31390 at http://wboi.org Report Shows Indiana School Counseling Falling Short http://wboi.org/post/report-shows-indiana-school-counseling-falling-short <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says school counselors are being hampered by a number of factors&nbsp;&nbsp;from providing Hoosier students with the most complete college and career readiness opportunities.&nbsp;&nbsp;A survey was conducted of more than four hundred school&nbsp;&nbsp;counselors across the state.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:26:12 +0000 Brandon Smith 30673 at http://wboi.org State Board Set to Meet Over 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver Troubles http://wboi.org/post/state-board-set-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 http://wboi.org FWCS Delays ISTEP+ Citing Ongoing Tech Issues http://wboi.org/post/fwcs-delays-istep-citing-ongoing-tech-issues <p>Fort Wayne Community Schools is delaying the high-stakes ISTEP+&nbsp;exam after problems surfaced with the online version of the test.</p><p>School officials announced the decision Monday after several days of interruptions and technology issues related to test provider CTB-McGraw Hill’s servers.</p><p>Students will now take the exam the old-fashioned way: with paper and pencil.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:47:13 +0000 Sean Bueter 29743 at http://wboi.org FWCS Delays ISTEP+ Citing Ongoing Tech Issues State Board of Education Approves New Standards http://wboi.org/post/state-board-education-approves-new-standards <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The State Board of Education approved new academic standards Monday &nbsp;to replace the Common Core in Indiana schools. Vocal opposition to the proposed standards&nbsp;&nbsp;wasn’t enough to deter board members.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:06:27 +0000 Claire McInerny 29737 at http://wboi.org