Allen County is among the five counties picked to participate in Indiana's pre-K pilot program.
The program provides up to ten million dollars – along with local matching funds – to help low-income four-year-olds attend pre-kindergarten classes. Vouchers would go to families with incomes below 127 percent of the poverty line.
United Way of Allen County was selected to lead the campaign to bring the pilot here, and UWAC Director of Community Impact Jeanne Zehr says the program could serve more than 1,400 children when it’s up and running.
An ethics committee investigating charges against former state superintendent Tony Bennett is considering a settlement. The inspector general filed an ethics complaint against Bennett in November alleging he used government resources during his re-election campaign in 2012.
The accusations against Bennett allege he kept databases of campaign donors and used government resources during his 2012 re-election campaign against current state superintendent Glenda Ritz.
This month, the Family and Social Services Administration will announce the five counties selected to participate in the state’s new pre-k pilot program, Indiana’s first big move toward making preschool a priority.
But many believe a child’s learning needs to be a priority from the beginning of life, well before they ever enter a classroom.
In our weekly education feature, StateImpact Indiana’s Claire McInerny has more on brain development from birth to age four.
After announcing Indiana’s students will take a new standardized test this spring that matches the state’s new standards, state superintendent Glenda Ritz suggested the state should suspend A-F grades for schools because most students will perform poorly on the new test.
Governor Mike Pence says he will not support that plan.
Guidance counselors are supposed to spend a lot of time with students. They help kids decide which classes to take, fill out college scholarship applications and advise them on the path they should choose after they graduate high school.
This week 131 years ago, League Park, known today as Headwaters Park, hosted the first professional evening baseball game under big league lights. WBOI’s Tom Castaldi from the Heritage Trail has that story.