As many listeners know, on March 19th, a power surge caused significant damage to 89.1 WBOI's transmitter. Our chief engineer began working on the problem immediately to prevent further damage, but the incident forced us to utilize a back-up transmitter with reduced signal strength. This means fewer listeners outside the Fort Wayne metro area can hear us clearly as of now.
A series of research papers examining the disparities in school disciplinary practices released earlier this month show students of color are suspended at much higher rates. The findings were released by the Equity Project at Indiana University.
The new series of briefing papers reinforces what has been acknowledged by researchers for years – that young men of color are being over-referred and receive higher rates of out of school suspension. In Indiana, black male students are two to three-and-a-half times more likely to be suspended.
It’s official — Indiana is out of the Common Core.
Governor Pence signed a bill Monday reversing an earlier decision to share academic standards with 44 other states and the District of Columbia. Still, the state’s next set of standards will likely have substantial overlap with the Common Core.
Pence has said repeatedly Indiana will have academic standards written ‘by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers.’
After signing the bill withdrawing Indiana from the Common Core, he praised state education officials’ efforts.
Legislation that made its way to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s desk would halt a state-run energy conservation plan. But a coalition opposing the bill is petitioning Pence for a veto.
Former Gov. Mitch Daniels created the Energizing Indiana plan in 2009 to increase the number of energy conservation programs available to rate payers throughout the state. The program also put in place mandatory energy savings benchmarks for private utility companies.
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In a 2013 comedy special, Louis C.K. provides a provocative contrast of good thoughts and bad thoughts he calls “Of course . . . But maybe” (Ed.: video contains content some readers may find offensive).
His first example: “Of course” we should protect children with nut allergies by segregating their food. Of course we should. “But maybe” if you touch a nut and it kills you, you’re supposed to die.
Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the judicial system is the right place for the fate of Indiana’s gay marriage ban statute to be decided.
During the legislative debate over HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, lawmakers often said the purpose of the amendment was to provide added protection for Indiana’s marriage statute, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
The common refrain from people like Speaker Brian Bosma was that the question of marriage in Indiana shouldn’t be decided by one person.
Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in five and a half years, now lower than the national rate, even as the state’s private sector lost jobs in January.
The Indiana unemployment rate fell nearly half a percent in January, its largest one-month drop in 20 years. Its rate of 6.4 percent is the lowest since September 2008 and the first time the state’s rate has been below the national average in nearly two years.