education

2015 Session
12:59 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

House Backs Bill Removing Ritz

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz.
Credit Indiana Department of Education.

The House passed a bill Monday to remove the state superintendent as chair of the State Board of Education, a move some say is politically motivated.

Historically, the state superintendent has automatically assumed the position of state board  chair. This bill changes the law defining that responsibility, allowing board members to elect a  chair from within their ranks.  

The word “dysfunction” has appeared in countless descriptions of board relations since current  State Superintendent Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, took office.

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Education
6:01 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Obama Touts Community College Plan in Indianapolis

President Obama praised Ivy Tech's ability to connect students to high-paying jobs in a visit to Indianapolis Friday
Credit Courtesy / White House

President Obama says other states should follow Ivy Tech Community College’s lead when it comes to connecting students to high paying jobs. The president traveled to Indianapolis Friday to tout his plans aimed at getting more people on the track to better wages.

During the event at Ivy Tech, Obama once again explained his plan to make two years of community college free.

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News
4:11 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Public Schools Superintendents Call for More Funding

Dr. Wendy Robinson, superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Superintendents from all four public school districts in Allen County joined  Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Thursday to call for more funding for all districts in the  state. 

Districts across Indiana are facing budget problems – from the base amount every  district is afforded by the state, to the amount they’re allowed to collect from  property taxes, every Northeast Indiana superintendents agree – it’s not enough to  support their schools.   

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Education
2:03 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Democratic Chairman Calls for End to "Overreach" on Ritz Legislation

Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody says proposed legislation reducing Superintendent Glenda Ritz's powers are politically-motivated.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody says Republicans need to halt their partisan attacks on State Superintendent Glenda Ritz.

There are multiple bills this session that shift power away from Glenda Ritz’s office to the GOP-controlled State Board of Education. 

That includes a proposal to allow the State Board to elect its own chair, a position currently filled automatically by the Superintendent. 

State Democratic Party Chair John Zody says the measures are an attempt to silence the 1.3 million Hoosiers who voted Ritz into office in 2012.

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2015 Session
3:39 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Bill Would Require New Teachers to Learn to Recognize Dyslexia

Representative Woody Burton authored HB1108.
Credit Indiana General Assembly

A new bill would require prospective elementary school teachers in Indiana to be able to identify dyslexia in their students. 

Research suggests dyslexia is among the most common learning disabilities, affecting ten to twenty percent of the population. The precise number is unknown since so many people go undiagnosed.

House Bill 1108 would require new elementary school teachers to be able to recognize learning disabilities that affect reading, including dyslexia.

Republican Representative Woody Burton authored the bill.

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Education
6:44 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

"No Child Left Behind" Changes Could Be on the Way

U.S. Sec. of Education Arne Duncan asked Congress to rework No Child Left Behind in a speech Monday.

Change could be coming to the nation’s cornerstone education law, No Child Left Behind.

During a speech Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called on Congress to rework the statute.

The law, signed by former President George W. Bush in 2002, originally meant what its name suggests: that no child should fail state tests in math, reading and science. It called for 100 percent of students to be proficient in those skills by 2014.

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2015 Session
5:15 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Pence Budget Would Boost K-12 Funding by $200 Million

OMB Director Chris Atkins (center) and Budget Director Brian Bailey presented Gov. Mike Pence's budget to the state budget committee Thursday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence says he wants the 2015 meeting of the General Assembly to be an “education session,” and the budget Pence proposed Thursday shares that focus.

The proposal contains a $200 million increase in K-12 school funding over the next two years. That includes about $41 million more specifically set aside for charter schools. 

Office of Management and Budget Director Chris Atkins says that money would be used to increase per-pupil funding by $1,500 and would reduce inequity between funding of charters and traditional public schools.

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Education
3:14 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Legislators Have a Tall Task Balancing Funding, Education Proposals in 2015

Indiana Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana GOP

Education promises to be a big topic during the upcoming legislative session. Both Governor Pence and House Republicans have outlined major school initiatives they’d like to see come to fruition next year. But what the state can afford remains to be seen.

Legislative leaders have pledged to balance the budget this session without raising taxes. That could prove challenging, since several state agencies have submitted requests that would require extra money.

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Higher Ed
2:27 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Some Leaders Concerned About High Number of Out-of-State College Students

Indiana University - Kokomo Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke says regional campuses serve local communities and largely Hoosier students.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana University - Kokomo

Indiana’s legislative leaders are expressing concerns about the increasing number of out of state students at the state’s universities, which could affect state funding to those institutions.

Of Purdue’s undergraduate students, 44 percent are non-Indiana residents, and at IU-Bloomington, 43 percent of the current freshman class comprises out-of-state and international students.

This high number of out-of-state students could affect funding to such institutions, as legislators have expressed disappointment in these high numbers.

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Education
3:32 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Legislators Split Along Party Lines on Pence's Education Changes

Gov. Mike Pence this week proposed making the state superintendent a position chosen by the state board of education. It's currently a statewide elected position.
Credit State of Indiana

Legislative leaders are split along party lines in their evaluations of Governor Mike Pence’s proposed changes to the state’s education hierarchy.

Governor Pence will eliminate the controversial Center for Education and Career Innovation, or CECI, which has been a thorn in the side of state Superintendent Glenda Ritz since its creation two years ago. 

But Pence also wants the General Assembly to allow the State Board of Education – made up of Pence appointees – to elect its own chair, a position held by Ritz. 

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