education

The Difference
4:22 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

In "Race for Results," African-Americans are Falling Behind

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its "Race for Results" report on Tuesday.
Credit Courtesy / Annie E. Casey Foundation

As we reported earlier this week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its latest study examining how kids of different races fare when it comes to meeting developmental milestones on time.

The findings are striking, though not necessarily surprising.

Black, Latino, and Native American children are lagging behind – in some cases, far behind their white and Asian-American peers.

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The Difference
5:43 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Report Finds Indiana Among Worst States for Black Youth

The "Race for Results" report released Tuesday assigned scores from 0-1000 measuring child progression and opportunity in the U.S. Indiana ranked among the worst states for black youth.
Credit "Race for Results" / Annie E. Casey Foundation

A new study released Tuesday finds Indiana among the ten worst states for black children, highlighting the disparity in opportunity between African-American youth and their peers.

The policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, titled "Race for Results," measures 12 factors in an effort to chart child progression nationwide. Those include everything from reading proficiency to graduation rates to the number of children living near or below the federal poverty level.

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Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Pence Signs Pre-K Pilot Bill

Gov. Mike Pence signed the pre-K pilot bill Thursday at DayStar Childcare Ministries in Indianapolis.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence signed legislation Thursday to create a preschool pilot program he says is the beginning of a new chapter of hope and opportunity for Indiana’s disadvantaged children.

The program will provide anywhere between two thousand and six thousand dollars per child so low-income Hoosier kids in five counties can attend a high quality preschool program.  Governor Pence signed the bill at DayStar Childcare Ministries in Indianapolis. 

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Education
5:16 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Pence Signs Bill Pulling Indiana Out of Common Core

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation Monday officially pulling the state out of Common Core.

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.

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Education
5:18 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Once Thought Dead, Pre-K Pilot Bill Gets Approval

Empty chambers at the Indiana House of Representatives.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

The House Thursday approved a preschool pilot program after it was seemingly left for dead just two weeks ago.

Speaker Brian Bosma says creation of the pre-k pilot wouldn’t have been possible without a funding mechanism crafted by the Senate.  The program can use up to $10 million in existing funds from the Family and Social Services Administration, while at least ten percent and up to 50 percent of that in matching funds must come from private sources. 

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Education
1:59 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

State Adopts New Social Studies Standards

State education officials approved new social studies expectations for Indiana schools Wednesday. The standards are very similar to ones the state has been using since 2007.

State Board member Cari Whicker wanted to know what the proposed changes would mean in her sixth grade history class.

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Education
5:13 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

State Educators Could Have Trouble Finding New Textbooks

State education officials are considering new academic standards to replace the Common Core in Indiana schools. But acquiring textbooks aligned to state-specific standards could be a challenge.

According to a report from the Office of Management and Budget, a majority of Indiana school districts have already shelled out for new textbooks and curriculum aligned to Common Core. But new research suggests textbooks boasting alignment to the nationally-crafted standards may not conform to the new expectations after all.

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Politics & Government
4:17 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Pence Renews Call for Pre-K Pilot

Gov. Mike Pence appeared in an Indianapolis classroom Wednesday as he again called on legislators to create a pre-K pilot program during the 2014 session.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Surrounded by children at a pre-kindergarten program on the east side of Indianapolis Wednesday, Governor Pence emphasized the need for Indiana to begin providing preschool opportunities for low-income Hoosiers.  He says “the time is now” for the legislature to reinstate a pre-k pilot program.

The Senate Education Committee gutted a bill last week that would have provided vouchers for one thousand low-income children in five counties to attend preschool. They replaced it with a study committee on the issue. 

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Politics & Government
4:26 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Senate Will Not Revive Pre-K Pilot Program

Indiana Democratic Senators Tim Lanane and John Broden failed to revive a preschool pilot program Monday that was previously eliminated in committee.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Senate Republicans Monday rejected an attempt to revive a preschool pilot program that had been eliminated in a Senate committee last week.

The House overwhelmingly approved legislation creating a pilot program that would provide vouchers for 1,000 low-income Hoosier children to attend preschool.  But the Senate Education Committee gutted the bill, replacing the pilot program with a study committee that will examine specific issues with pre-Kindergarten education. 

South Bend Democratic Senator John Broden wants to add the pilot program back into the bill.

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News
6:24 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Pre-K Bill Sent to Study Committee

A pilot program aimed at providing pre-kindergarten educational opportunities for low-income Hoosier  kids was stripped out of a bill in a Senate committee Wednesday. The program – a major initiative of Governor Mike Pence – was replaced with a  mandated study of the issue.

Proposed legislation passed overwhelmingly by the House created a framework for a preschool pilot  program. It would have served about a thousand four-year-olds in five counties, with funding to kick  in next year.

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