A new collaboration between the Indiana Department of Correction and a division of the state’s Family and Social Services Administration is aimed at helping developmentally disabled offenders transition more smoothly to life outside prison.
While the developmentally disabled receive treatment while incarcerated, a new combined effort of the Department of Correction and the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, or DDRS, is meant to help those offenders obtain treatment once they’re outside the prison walls.
A federal judge Tuesday put a permanent halt to Indiana’s abortion law defunding Planned Parenthood. The decision ends a two-year legal battle between the state and its largest abortion provider.
Federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt first issued a preliminary injunction in 2011 against an Indiana law that cut off federal funding to abortion providers in the state – effectively meaning Planned Parenthood. Pratt’s ruling, which temporarily halted the law’s effects, has since been upheld by a federal appeals court.
The widespread disruptions to Indiana’s online standardized tests last April, on average, did not hurt students’ final ISTEP+ scores. That’s the conclusion a New Hampshire-based testing expert reported to lawmakers Monday.
State education officials hired the Center for Assessment’s Richard Hill six weeks ago to comb through the data of more than 495,000 ISTEP+ exams.
“If the interruptions had had a marked impact on student achievement, we would not have seen scores going up this year from last year,” Hill said.
An Indiana University economist says the Leading Index for Indiana – an economic predictor for the state – is sending mixed messages about the health of the Hoosier economy.
The Leading Index is at its highest point in four months, backed by positive reports from home builders and strong automotive sales. But Indiana Business Research Center Economic Analysis Director Timothy Slaper says small business optimism is down and rising mortgage rates are dampening enthusiasm.
The unemployment rate among young adults in Indiana is significantly higher than the state average and a Ball State economist says Hoosiers in that age group are still struggling to recover from the recession.