Education

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A proposal from state workforce agencies would cut funding for classes that teach nutrition, personal finance, and other skills. It has many Family and Consumer Sciences teachers across the state worried.

Under the plan being considered by the Indiana State Board of Education, schools could still offer family and consumer science classes, but they’d no longer receive state funding for them. 

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Enrollment in teacher preparation programs has dropped significantly over the past decade. According to a new national report, Indiana has fewer than half of the candidates as it did in 2008.

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As the weather gets colder and tougher to navigate with ice and snow, many schools will likely use scheduled make-up days when kids can’t get to class. But more are using what’s called eLearning instead of cancelling school, and the state has made it easier for them to do so.

Kids do school work online on eLearning days, and they have become a popular option for school districts to avoid make-up days or extending the school year. 

The Statewide View - Red For Ed Action Day

Nov 19, 2019

Thousands of educators gathered outside the Indiana statehouse for the “Red for Ed” rally Tuesday to support public education. The Indiana State Teacher Association says its focus is three-pronged: ILEARN hold harmless, repeal career awareness licensure requirement, and use surplus money for public schools.

All IN: Red For Ed

Nov 19, 2019
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More than 60 school districts across Indiana cancelled classes today, as thousands of teachers signed up to rally at the Statehouse ahead of the upcoming legislative session.

Red for Ed Action Day is organized by the Indiana State Teachers Association, and the group says it’s focused on three things: repealing new career awareness licensing rules for educators, avoiding penalties for schools and teachers because of low ILEARN scores, and using state surplus money to better fund schools.

Indiana Governor Won’t See Big Statehouse Teacher Rally

Nov 17, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb isn’t expected to be around the Statehouse when thousands of teachers will be attending a rally there calling for better pay.

Holcomb’s office says he will be in Florida on Tuesday for a Republican Governors Association conference that was scheduled months ago.

His trip comes as teacher unions say more than 100 school districts around the state will be closed while their teachers head to the Indianapolis protest.

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Scores from the so-called nation’s report card – also known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress – were released this week, and test performance from Hoosier students dropped slightly in reading.

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School counseling services, teacher training, and the governance of education in Indiana could all be changing in 2020. A group of lawmakers studying key education questions have finalized their recommendations for the General Assembly to consider next year.

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Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 at 9 PM

There’s an idea about how people read words that’s deeply embedded in teaching practices and curriculum materials widely used in elementary school classrooms.

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Millions of dollars will make its way to teachers across Indiana through a federal grant award announced Tuesday, as part of efforts to help schools expand teacher professional development opportunities and supports.

Confetti cannons and applause exploded as National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) CEO Candice McQueen announced the grant award totaling $47 million. 

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Students equipped with more advanced high school diplomas perform better in college, according to a new report highlighting the need for schools to offer more support for low-income students and students of color.

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Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 at 9 PM

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Educators are pressing for an overhaul of the state’s school accountability system after a reported drop in student achievement on the state’s new ILEARN exam – including the state’s top education official.

They’re worried about low ILEARN scores this year and how they could affect Indiana’s schools. Test scores play a key role in how schools and teachers are evaluated.

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Educators gathered in Elkhart Tuesday night for the third and final hearing on teacher pay in Indiana.

Teacher after teacher came out of the sea of red for ed t-shirts to the microphone at Concord Junior High to tell the state that teachers should be paid more.

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Under a Watchful Eye: How colleges are tracking students to boost graduation

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