education

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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Education
4:28 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Proposal Could Stop Indiana From Implementing Common Core

A panel of state lawmakers is considering a proposal that would bar Indiana from returning to the nationally-crafted Common Core at the end of a year-long review. Instead, the bill would require Indiana-specific standards.

This is the third year Indianapolis Republican Senator Scott Schneider has filed anti-Common Core legislation. Last year he got lawmakers to agree to a year-long review of the nationally-crafted standards Indiana adopted in 2010.

Now Schneider wants to make absolutely certain state education officials don’t return to the Common Core.

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Education
4:19 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Number of Students Receiving Vouchers Jumps Again

Fewer students receiving vouchers are spending time in public school before making the switch to private school, according to a report released Monday by the Indiana Department of Education.

That’s because state lawmakers voted last year to make more students eligible for vouchers.

More than 19,000 Indiana students received vouchers to attend private school using state funds this year. That’s an increase from 9,100 last year and 3,900 two years ago.

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News
5:54 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Mayor Henry Proposes $3 Million Investment in USF Downtown Campus

The former Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Fort Wayne
Credit University of Saint Francis

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced a proposal today to help renovate the University of Saint Francis’ downtown campus. The proposal would be paid for with the City’s Legacy Funds. 

Henry says Fort Wayne is a center of education, and the city should capitalize on that benefit. He says "a lot of people don't realize that we have truly a college town. We have over 30,000 college students in this city."

USF plans to further renovate the Scottish Rite Facility on Berry Street, which is now their Performing Arts Center.  

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Education
3:22 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Zoeller to Push for More Officers in Hoosier Schools

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

Indiana’s attorney general will work with the state’s congressional delegation in the new year to try to secure more federal funding for police officers in schools.  But some criminal justice advocates say hiring new school resource officers won’t necessarily make schools safer.

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Education
4:07 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

State Board Releases A-F Grades

The Indiana State Board of Education approved final A-F letter grades for Indiana schools Friday, even as one board member took a public stand against the rating system.

More than 800 Indiana public schools earned A’s this year, the most since the state started rating schools in 2005. Two-thirds of schools scored either an A or a B.

But State Board member Andrea Neal is convinced those grades have come at a cost. She says she’s worried schools aren’t offering arts and electives because they’re too focused on test scores.

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Education
2:18 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Email from Pence's Education Agency Suggested Reducing Ritz's Power

Indiana Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says emails from Governor Pence’s new education agency reveal an attempt to oust her as State Board of Education Chair. But Pence administration officials say that attempt is going nowhere.

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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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