An ethics committee investigating charges against former state superintendent Tony Bennett is considering a settlement. The inspector general filed an ethics complaint against Bennett in November alleging he used government resources during his re-election campaign in 2012.
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.
This month, the Family and Social Services Administration will announce the five counties selected to participate in the state’s new pre-k pilot program, Indiana’s first big move toward making preschool a priority.
But many believe a child’s learning needs to be a priority from the beginning of life, well before they ever enter a classroom.
In our weekly education feature, StateImpact Indiana’s Claire McInerny has more on brain development from birth to age four.
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.
Eighteen counties, including Allen County, are being considered for the state-funded pre-k pilot program. The state legislature approved the program earlier this year and the Family and Social Services Administration announced the finalists today. Just five of those counties that will be chosen to participate in the pilot program.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says school counselors are being hampered by a number of factors from providing Hoosier students with the most complete college and career readiness opportunities. A survey was conducted of more than four hundred school counselors across the state.
The Indiana Chamber says the problem isn’t with counselors – it’s with counseling. Its survey of school counselors found that 90 percent say they spend less than half of their time on college and career readiness activities.
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.
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.
Indiana schools preparing for next week’s spring ISTEP test say they’re already having problem with the practice exam. Last spring, computer glitches interrupted more than 30,000 ISTEP testing sessions.
To prepare students and teachers for the ISTEP testing that begins next week, many districts in Indiana administered a practice test Tuesday.
Fort Wayne Community Schools spokesperson Krista Stockman says her district uses this practice test to find any problems with the school’s technology that administers the test.