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Education
10:09 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Protesters Pack Statehouse in Support of Ritz

Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz appeared at a rally at the statehouse Monday. Protesters packed the building to express opposition to several bills that would reduce Ritz's power.
Credit Rachel Morello / StateImpact Indiana

Educators, parents and even a few kids out of school for the snow day packed the statehouse in Indianapolis Monday to show support for state superintendent Glenda Ritz.

Icy relations have become the norm among the state’s top education policymakers, including Ritz, Governor Mike Pence, the State Board of Education and the Department of Education.

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Education
5:33 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Education Officials Say ISTEP+ Will Go Forward at Current Length

Gov. Pence issued an executive order Monday calling for a reevaluation of the length of the ISTEP exam.
Credit Courtesy / State of Indiana

The Indiana Department of Education says it will proceed as planned to issue the ISTEP+ exam beginning Feb. 25, even after Gov. Mike Pence signed an executive order Monday to re-evaluate the test’s length.

Even though the test could change -- after the testing consultant hired through Pence’s executive order issues recommendations on how to shorten it -- the DOE says they are preparing school districts as if the test will not change.

Deputy state superintendent Danielle Shockey says Pence’s actions only add to the confusion in preparing for this year’s ISTEP.

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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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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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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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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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Education
11:33 am
Thu October 30, 2014

WBOI Presents: Roland G. Fryer

Credit Roland G. Fryer

In this week's episode of WBOI Presents, we feature Dr. Roland Fryer, Harvard economist and the youngest African-American to receive tenure at Harvard.  He is a prolific writer about education, children, and teachers.  He shared some of his ideas in a speech to the Economic Club of Indiana last spring.  

You can hear WBOI Presents every Wednesday night at 7 p.m., and Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.  

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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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