education

Schools On The Ballot: Ft. Wayne And Southwest Allen County

May 3, 2016
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There are two types of school referendum a school district may put on a ballot– one that raises taxes to help with construction and renovation projects, or one that raises taxes to help the district’s general fund.

Ft. Wayne Community Schools and Southwest Allen County Schools are both asking voters to funnel tax dollars into local schools Tuesday.  

FT. WAYNE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Hoosier Leaders Weigh In On New Federal Education Law

Apr 12, 2016
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Last week, state superintendent Glenda Ritz and State Board of Education member Byron Ernest went to D.C. for separate national conferences to learn what the new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (the re-write of No Child Left Behind) could meant here at home.

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Four years ago, test scores at the Evans School, in Evansville were low. So low, the elementary school qualified for a three-year federal grant for almost $6 million.

In the grant’s final year, something big happened. Evans catapulted from an F to an A in the state’s ranking system. Current principal Helene Blum was with students when she found out.

“So I very calmly tried to finish with them and then as soon as they left, went to the assistant principal and just screamed,” she said. “Literally, just screamed and to say we’re an A.”

But then a new reality set in.

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Students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender are largely left out of efforts to address the overuse of suspension and expulsion for student groups, according to a new report.

The report, released Monday by The Equity Project at Indiana University, says schools suspend or expel LGBT students more often than their heterosexual peers. In order to address the disparity, the report says more data is sorely needed.

Department Of Education Praises State Senate

Jan 4, 2016
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The Department of Education is praising efforts in Indiana’s Senate to address school accountability this session, following a rocky year for the state’s standardized testing system.

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Gov. Mike Pence visited Northeast Indiana today, and one of his stops was to Haverhill Elementary in Fort Wayne. 

Fort Wayne Community Schools

The board of education for the Fort Wayne Community Schools district is receiving a national award.

The National School Boards Association annually grants the Council of Urban Boards of Education Award, known as the CUBE Award, to school boards that exceed standards in educating students and working efficiently with administrators.

This year, the Fort Wayne Community Schools board was one of three districts chosen for the award.

Problems With ISTEP Test Delays Results

Aug 6, 2015

After informing the Department of Education this week that there are issues with scoring this year’s ISTEP test, the president of testing company CTB spoke during Wednesday’s State Board of Education meeting.

The scoring issues will mean a delay in receiving student scores and school accountability grades.

Indiana Tech

Fort Wayne’s only law school suffered a major setback this week.

On Tuesdsay, the American Bar Association denied accreditation to Indiana Tech’s nascent law school.

The ABA made an initial recommendation against accrediting Indiana Tech’s law program in April – and they denied provisional approval last week.

The school has had three deans since its inception in 2013.

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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