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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.