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Education
4:39 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Pre-K Pilot Program Accepting Applications

Applications for On My Way Pre-K, the state’s pre-k pilot program, are now available for low-income families wishing to enroll their children. 

The applications are only available to families in Allen, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties,  where the program will launch in January. Applications for Jackson County families will be  available later. 

The application asks for basic information about the family including proof of address, number  of family members, and proof of income.

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News
6:41 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Schools' A-F Grades Show Improvement

Indiana students are at the top of their academic game. That’s one takeaway from the state’s A-F grades, which were released Wednesday at the monthly State Board of Education  meeting. 

Around 180 more schools received A’s this year under the state’s accountability system, making  the majority of Indiana schools an A school.  Fifty-one percent of schools in the state received As, 35 percent earned Bs and Cs and 10 percent fall  in the D and F zone.  

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Education
4:47 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Counties Piloting Pre-K Program Meet to Discuss Implementation

The five counties in Indiana’s preschool pilot program met face-to-face with state officials for the first time Wednesday as they prepare to begin implementation.  Governor Mike Pence says four of the five are prepared to start their programs in January.

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Education
5:52 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Hoosier Officials Mulling Decision to Include Test Scores on Teacher Evaluations

Indiana education officials are trying to decide whether they should incorporate student test scores into teacher evaluations this year.

The U.S. Department of Education is allowing states to decide how test scores play into teacher performance ratings and many are opting to wait another year before making any final decisions.

In fact, many states are in a transition period when it comes to academic standards.

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News
5:27 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Fort Wayne Community Schools Awarded Grant for Counseling Programs

The U.S. Department of Education is awarding Fort Wayne Community schools more  than $400,000 Thursday as part of a grant to improve school counseling programs. The district plans to use it to help its  youngest learners. 

The grant was given to 40 school districts across the country, and Fort Wayne was the only Indiana  school district to receive one.  Fort Wayne Community Schools spokesperson Krista Stockman says the district will use the money to  hire three new counselors that will serve at elementary schools in the district.

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Higher Education
4:19 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Study Says Indiana University, Not Purdue, Should Run IPFW

A new report from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership suggests transferring governance of IPFW to Indiana University.
Credit Courtesy / Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

A new study from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership is recommending significant changes for IPFW, including switching the university's governing body.

The IPFW Roles and Governance Study used focus groups, interviews with business leaders, and historical data to come up with five recommendations for change.

They include streamlining degree programs; strengthening ties to the business community; and transferring all governance of IPFW to Indiana University.

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News
6:08 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

State Wants More College Students Graduating On Time

Sarah Correll, Purdue junior and member of the Commission for Higher Education.
Credit Brandon Smith

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education wants to help college students finish their degrees on  time, unveiling Monday its ’15 to Finish’ campaign. The initiative is a coordinated, statewide effort to inform students, parents, and advisors about  the importance of taking 15 credit hours per semester.

Only 30 percent of Hoosiers complete a bachelor’s degree on time. And an extra year of college costs an average of $50,000.

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Education
3:04 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Allen County Selected for Pre-K Pilot Program

Allen County is among the five counties picked to participate in Indiana's pre-K pilot program.

The program provides up to ten million dollars – along with local matching funds – to help low-income four-year-olds attend pre-kindergarten classes. Vouchers would go to families with incomes below 127 percent of the poverty line.

United Way of Allen County was selected to lead the campaign to bring the pilot here, and UWAC Director of Community Impact Jeanne Zehr says the program could serve more than 1,400 children when it’s up and running.

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Education
5:16 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Committee May Settle Ethics Complaint Against Former Schools Chief

Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett.

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.

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StateImpact Indiana
1:31 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

StateImpact: When Education Starts Early, Kids Benefit

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.

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