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Education
2:37 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

State Board of Education Moving Forward Despite Tension

Indiana State Board of Education Secretary Dan Elsener.

Members of Indiana’s Board of Education say they’re making progress on the state’s education goals despite ongoing tension between state superintendent Glenda Ritz and the 10 other board members. The board met Tuesday to outline some of those goals.

Superintendent Ritz walked out of a state board meeting three weeks ago. Today’s session was much calmer as members talked about the goals they want to take to education stakeholders for review next year.

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Education
1:46 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Hoosier Lawmakers Expect Pre-K Debate in 2014

Indiana Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville).

Indiana lawmakers say the issue of whether the state should expand publicly-funded preschool options will likely come up again in the upcoming session, but opponents remain concerned about how much a state-run pre-K program would cost.

Leaders of both political parties have expressed support for re-visiting the issue after a bid to create a $7 million preschool pilot program passed the Indiana House, but stalled in the Senate. 

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Education
10:32 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Indiana Students Improve on National Exam

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Indiana fourth graders made significant gains in their performance on national tests designed to compare their reading and math skills with students across the nation. Federal education officials released the results of the exams Thursday.

From 2011 to this year, Indiana fourth graders average score on both the reading and math tests went up 5 points.  On the 500-point National Assessment of Educational Progress, that might not sound like much. But that’s a bigger jump than all but a handful of states. 

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News
3:27 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

WBOI News Review for Friday, Oct. 25

Each week, WBOI's Sean Bueter sits down with Bob Caylor from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel and Dan Stockman from the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette to look back at the biggest metro and statewide stories of the week.

This week: Superintendent Glenda Ritz sues the State Board of Education; the City of Fort Wayne has a new budget; new Legacy projects are up for consideration soon; and the region loses one of its most successful entrepreneurs.

Dan Stockman and Bob Caylor join WBOI's Sean Bueter each week from the Fort Wayne Newspapers building.

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Education
2:21 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Ritz Files Suit Against Board of Education

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

State superintendent Glenda Ritz has raised the stakes of her showdown with Indiana’s top education panel, naming all ten members of the State Board of Education as defendants in a lawsuit she filed Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court. Ritz thinks the board has violated the state’s Open Door law.

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Education
11:02 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Lawmakers Explore More Autonomy for IPFW

Credit Courtesy / Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

State lawmakers say the legislature could give Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne more autonomy and flexibility in funding and degree offerings.

A legislative study committee was tasked this year with investigating the governance structure of the state’s regional university campuses.  And though its initial focus was broad, the committee has narrowed in on one location – IPFW, the state’s fifth largest college campus. 

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Politics & Government
11:59 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Pelath Wants State to Speed Up Bennett Investigation

Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath is raising questions about the speed of the state's investigation into former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett's grade changing controversy.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says he sees no sense of urgency from the state Inspector General in the investigation into the school grade changing scandal involving former State Superintendent Tony Bennett.

Reports first surfaced in late July that former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett altered school accountability letter grades in 2012 after an Indianapolis charter school – a favorite of Bennett’s team – would have received a mediocre rating. Multiple investigations have been launched into the matter, including one by the Indiana Inspector General.

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Education
11:41 am
Wed September 25, 2013

School Voucher Enrollment Doubles

Enrollment in Indiana’s private school voucher program has more than doubled this school year.  Indiana education officials confirmed Tuesday they’ve received more than 20,000 applications for voucher dollars.

That means the program has more than quadrupled its enrollment since it started two years ago.

School Choice Indiana president Betsy Wiley, a voucher program advocate, attributes the increase to House Bill 1003, which won state lawmakers’ approval last session.

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Education
12:05 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

New Tech Middle School Opens in Fort Wayne

Eighth-grader Malique Tai and his group get together to work on a project.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The New Tech Network works with schools throughout the country to design academic programs that focus on project-based learning and student empowerment. One of only a handful of New Tech middle schools opened in Fort Wayne this year. Towles Middle School is one of many New Techs in Northeast Indiana. The region has one of the highest concentrations of the program in the country.  

This classroom is larger than average, and each student has their own personal laptop to work on. Eighth-grader Malique Tai sits down to his in creative writing and media class.

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Politics & Government
2:58 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Official: Clarification Needed on School Resource Officer Training

Indiana Homeland Security Director John Hill.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Indiana’s Homeland Security director wants more clarification as to who can certify the training of school resource officers, the law enforcement personnel with extra training for the school environment.

Legislation passed last session defines school resource officer in the Indiana code, spelling out what credentials and training the officers must receive. 

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