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Science Education
3:27 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Science Central's Martin Fisher Talks Science Education and "The Weekly Experiment"

Last Saturday, May 23rd, WBOI's local segment, The Weekly Experiment, aired its milestone 200th episode.

The man behind it is Martin Fisher, the executive director of Science Central, who gets production help from Rob Martinez.

Each week, Fisher explores a different scientific idea, and then invites listeners to try an experiment at home that illustrates the core concept.

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Higher Education
2:06 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

State Budget Allows No Money for Ivy Tech Projects

Ivy Tech Community College's construction plans are being put on hold and it will face a state review of its programs over concerns about low graduation rates and declining enrollment.

Ivy Tech was the only one of Indiana's public colleges that didn't receive money for any major building projects in the new two-year state budget that takes effect July 1. 

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Luke Kenley says he wanted a time out on Ivy Tech projects. He points to a 25 percent drop in Ivy Tech's enrollment over the past three years. 

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News
4:13 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Southwest Allen County Schools to Limit Bus Routes

Fort Wayne Community Schools bus fleet.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Southwest Allen County Schools will enforce and expand its no transportation  zones for some of its schools this fall.

SACS says limiting its bus routes could save  the district $200,000 per year.  Deer Ridge Elementary, Woodside Middle and Covington Elementary schools will  join the five existing Southwest Allen schools with transportation limits.   

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Education
1:54 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

State Board of Ed Approves School Accountability Language

Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz praised the new school accountability system approved by the state board of education Thursday.
Credit Courtesy / IDOE

State education leaders have been crafting a new school accountability system over the past two-and-a-half years – and Thursday, the State Board of Education approved a final framework.

A vote to approve final rule language for the new A-F school grading system had been on the original agenda for Thursday’s meeting, following months of discussion and opportunities to hear public comment on the proposed changes.

But, the Department of Education presented about 20 additional edits Thursday morning – edits that some board members say they hadn’t seen before. 

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News
7:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Student-Run Radio Station Makes a "Point" in Fort Wayne

WCYT station manager Andy Dunn instructs Homestead High School students in the art of radio broadcasting.
Credit Matt Hamilton

Wednesday is National High School Radio Day, and one of Fort Wayne's best kept radio secrets just might be WCYT, the student-run station at Homestead High School.

The Point 91FM, as they're known around town, has been operating since 1995, and they're determined to broadcast that message loud and clear.

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2015 Session
12:39 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Bill Removing Ritz Moves Forward

A rally was held at the Statehouse in support of Ritz in February.
Credit Rachel Morello / State Impact Indiana

After passing through the Senate, the House Tuesday approve a bill that would remove state superintendent Glenda Ritz as chair of the State Board of Education.

In addition to removing the state superintendent as the board’s chair, Senate Bill 1 would add two more board members and change how members are appointed. 

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Education
2:28 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

House, Senate Disagree on Education Funding

Sen. Luke Kenley says, among other things, universities should not have to raise tuition because of additional higher ed money allocated in the new state budget.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Senate Republicans

The Senate released its version of the state budget Thursday, outlining a method to fund schools different from that proposed by the House.

There are two pots of money when it comes to school funding: foundation and complexity. Foundation is the amount of money the state gives every student. Complexity is the money allocated toward low-income students.

The biggest difference between the House and Senate budgets is how a student qualifies for complexity money.

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Politics & Government
4:37 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

House Passes 2015 Indiana Budget Bill

Indiana Rep. Tim Brown authored the House Republican budget bill.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana House Republicans

House Democrats say the state budget proposed by House Republicans will devastate many public schools throughout the state.  The budget passed overwhelmingly in a House vote Tuesday.

House Republicans named education their top focus this session, and the bulk of debate over the budget revolves around education funding. 

Specifically, it involves changes to the school funding formula that seek to help growing, wealthier suburban school districts.  But those changes would mean significantly less money for poor, inner city schools that are losing students. 

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Education
5:36 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

State Issues New Guidance on Shorter ISTEP+ Test

After news that this year’s ISTEP+ would take students twelve hours to complete, the Department of Education adopted a plan Thursday to shorten the test.

The DOE decided to split the open-ended portion of the test, which begins next week, into two forms. They say that will shave three hours off the original twelve-hour test.

Around 30 percent of the current test consists of pilot questions that don’t count toward a student’s score – those are the questions the DOE split between the two forms.

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Politics & Government
4:12 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Senate Passes Bill Changing Ed Board Appointment Process

Ind. Sen. Travis Holdman authored Senate Bill 1, which reorganizes how the State Board of Education is appointed.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Senate Republicans

The Senate passed their version of a bill Tuesday to change how the State Board of Education is constructed.

Senate Bill 1 allows the members of the State Board of Education to select a board chair from within their ranks.

Right now, the state superintendent automatically assumes that position. But the General Assembly has taken it upon itself to change this, following months of strained relations among the board, current superintendent Glenda Ritz and Governor Mike Pence.

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