5:16 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Pence proposes an increase in education funding

Governor Mike Pence wants a one percent increase for K through 12 school funding in each of the next two years. Schools would have to earn the extra money in the second year.

The governor’s budget includes around 190 million new dollars for K-12 schools.  But Crothersville Democratic Representative Terry Goodin said that’s not enough.

"Our public schools are the number one economic development tool in our state," said Goodin.  "So if that’s the case, we need to fund those economic development tools properly.  One percent’s probably not going to do that."

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5:58 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Purdue and Indiana State set out to prove their commitment to fiscal responsibility

Indiana’s public universities are at the Statehouse this week to make their cases for increased funding.  

A common theme among the university presidents Wednesday was proving to lawmakers that their school is working to reduce the cost of college for its students.  Acting Purdue president Tim Sands said one of the ways the West Lafayette school aims to accomplish that is creating a more year-round schedule by increasing class offerings in the summer.

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3:10 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Bennett wins Florida's top education job

Ousted Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has a new job — Florida Commissioner of Education. Florida's Board of Education voted Wednesday morning to give Bennett the Sunshine State's top appointed education job.

Bennett threw his name into consideration after losing his re-election bid to Democrat Glenda Ritz. He was one of three finalists the Florida State Board of Education interviewed Tuesday in Tampa.

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2:43 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Education officials approve licensing changes

A state panel has voted to make it easier for non-education majors who earn Bachelor’s degrees to get teaching jobs.  That’s one part of a broad package of changes to Indiana’s rules for teacher licensing the State Board of Education approved Wednesday. But opponents fear the new standards sets the bar too low.

The State Board’s final 9-2 vote ends months of debate on the proposal known as “REPA II.”  State education officials say the new guidelines give schools more flexibility in the teacher hiring process. 

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10:28 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Voucher challenge comes up this week

The Indiana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state’s school voucher program Wednesday, but at least one analyst says the challenge is facing an uphill battle.

Earlier this year, Marion Superior Court Judge Michael Keele denied a school voucher challenge that was brought by teachers and parents and backed by the Indiana State Teachers Association.  The Supreme Court decided to take the case on appeal directly, rather than allowing the state Court of Appeals to hear it first. 

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8:25 am
Thu November 15, 2012

What Early Education Advocates Are Saying About Mike Pence's Preschool Plan

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 11:24 am

Because Indiana is one of 11 states that doesn’t provide state money for preschool, community groups, philanthropic organizations and even local businesses have stepped in to fill the void.

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2:04 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

With Many Of Bennett's Policies Built Into Law, Ritz Could Face Four Tough Years

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 12:33 pm

State Superintendent-elect Glenda Ritz capitalized on growing teacher discontent to unseat Republican Tony Bennett in Tuesday election.

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6:22 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Tony Bennett explains school ratings

State education officials announced Wednesday morning fewer Indiana schools received the state’s highest letter grade rating in 2012.  But three out of five schools still received an A or a B.  State superintendent Tony Bennett unveiled the letter grades and said the grades are “positive news” overall for Indiana schools. 

This year is the first time state officials have calculating A-to-F school ratings using their new growth model.  The model places greater weight on individual students’ test score performance, rather than a school’s overall passing rate on statewide tests.

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11:58 am
Fri October 12, 2012

StateImpact Indiana: Stark Contrasts Define State Superintendent's Race

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 9:47 am

Indiana is in the middle of an education overhaul, but whether it continues could depend on the outcome of the state superintendent’s race.

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8:18 am
Thu September 27, 2012

StateImpact Indiana: IREAD-3 creates anxiety for dyslexic students

For the second year in a row, Indiana third graders will have to pass a high stakes reading test or risk getting held back.

It’s a lot of pressure for 8 and 9 year olds, but for some struggling readers, the IREAD-3 is an even bigger source of anxiety.

That’s because the root cause of their difficulty is dyslexia, a learning disability. Most students with special needs can qualify for a good cause exemption that allows them to move onto fourth grade even if they don’t pass.