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Education
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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Education
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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Education
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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Education
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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Education
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.

Education
3:08 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

StateImpact Indiana: How Career And Technical Education Is Changing In Indiana

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:00 am

It’s just after 2 o’clock on a Thursday afternoon. The sun is high in the sky, and the construction workers digging the foundation of a storage building at Columbus North High School’s new baseball field are about to call it a day.

But once they’re done, they’ll board a yellow bus and go back to school. That’s because the workers at this construction site are high school students.

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Education
1:43 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Saint Francis adds to its downtown presence

University of Saint Francis President Sister Elise Kriss announced an expansion to USF's downtown campus Monday.
Sean Bueter WBOI

The University of Saint Francis is adding to its presence in Downtown Fort Wayne.

University President Sister Elise Kriss announced Monday that USF will buy the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce building at 826 Ewing Street, adjacent to the city’s business district. Once renovations are finished, it will be the new home for the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership.

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Education
10:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

State wants boost for College Success Coalitions

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education wants College Success Coalitions in all 92 Hoosier counties.  Currently, 35 exist across Indiana.

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Education
9:26 am
Fri August 31, 2012

State Board of Education: One school eligible for takeover

One school in Indiana this year is eligible for state takeover. That’s down from seven last year.  The state Board of Education Thursday chose not to exercise its takeover option, but is leaving that on the table. 

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StateImpact Indiana
9:12 am
Thu August 30, 2012

StateImpact Indiana: Why Indiana's Private Schools May See A Shortage Of Space For Voucher Students

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 10:36 am

The Indiana Department of Education has issued more than 8,000 vouchers for students to attend private schools at the state’s expense. That’s twice as many as the IDOE issued last year, but only about half of the number available.

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