Bob DeRuntz

For the first few years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Indiana history teacher Bob DeRuntz did not cover them in his high school classes. The experience of watching the Twin Towers fall on television was still near for students as well as staff. 

“I simply didn't teach 9/11 because we all lived it together,” DeRuntz recalled.


Monday, August 23, 2021 at 9 PM

Elkhart Community Schools

WVPE Morning Edition Host Kent Fulmer talks with Dr. Steve Thalheimer, Superintendent of Elkhart Community Schools. They discuss education funding in the state of Indiana, the disadvantage Elkhart has in hiring and retaining teachers, and the upcoming referendum designed to address those issues.

Elkhart Community Schools is the broadcast licensee of 88.1 WVPE.

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Indiana lawmakers are fine-tuning a state law that forces school districts to offer vacated buildings to charter school organizations, despite an ongoing court challenge from schools.

State leaders discuss Indiana’s talent pipeline, focusing on the future of learning, the future of work and the future of Indiana in a special broadcast from Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations. The conversation will feature Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Fred Payne and Indiana Secretary of Education Dr. Katie Jenner. The State of Education and the Workforce - tonight at 6:30 on WVPE News2.

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Public school leaders and educators across Indiana are sending a message to lawmakers in protest of school choice legislation at the Statehouse, with several school boards passing formal resolutions in opposition to the measures.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 80% of Michigan school districts planned to offer some form of in-person instruction in February, a 20-plus point rise over the previous month amid a decline in the coronavirus’ spread. Michigan State University’s Education Policy Innovation Colloborative said it is the largely monthly increase since the start of the academic year. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has strongly encouraged schools to provide a face-to-face option by March 1. Just 15% of districts planned to be fully remote this month, down from 35% in January.

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House Republicans approved a new, two-year, $36 billion budget Monday they say boosts education and helps businesses recover from the pandemic.

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High school courses in areas like culinary arts and cosmetology could lose state funding if a budget proposal from Republican lawmakers passes. Educators worry thousands of students would miss career opportunities without the state support.

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A group of school choice bills are prompting lengthy and emotional debates about school funding at the Indiana Statehouse, with dozens of individuals and organizations testifying on the legislation at committee hearings Wednesday.


Lawmakers in both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly have approved legislation to provide full funding for schools operating virtually during the pandemic after the Senate approved its version of the bill Tuesday. 

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The limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines is causing tension as states roll out plans for who should get shots first, and school advocates in Indiana are pressing for more access for teachers.

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The Indiana Department of Education released an online resource in partnership with Purdue University to help teachers teach climate change in schools. Several teachers we interviewed last year said they struggle to find credible materials on climate change for their lesson plans.

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Indiana lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation to provide schools full funding for students learning remotely because of COVID-19. Lawmakers say the legislation may only be temporary to address changes caused by the pandemic.

The application deadline for Michigan's Futures for Frontliners program is December 31st.

The program offers free college tuition towards an associate degree or industry recognized certificate at community college.

It also provides tuition to complete a high school diploma.

Applicants must have worked in an essential industry between April 1st and June 30th of 2020.

State officials say 100,000 essential workers have already applied.

But they hope even more will before the upcoming deadline.

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Historical sites and other school field trip hotspots are offering more virtual resources for teachers to use during the pandemic, and organizers say virtual offerings developed this year are likely to stick around.

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With the upcoming legislative session rapidly approaching, lawmakers are gearing up for a series of major decisions – including how much money to send to schools. But lawmakers also plan to look at the way money gets to schools, and supporting teachers as the pandemic continues.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb unveiled his agenda for 2021 Thursday, one which focuses more on studying, assessing and extending previously announced initiatives than taking new actions. 

Indiana Releases Teacher Pay Report

Dec 14, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A panel tasked with finding ways to make Indiana teacher salaries more competitive has released its long-awaited report. In its report released Monday, the commission convened early last year by Gov. Eric Holcomb recommends a mix of cost cutting and spending shifts aimed at raising average teacher pay from $51,000 to at least $60,000. It says that such a raise would increase Indiana’s average teacher salary ranking from ninth-highest to third-highest in the Midwest and third-highest among Indiana’s neighbors.

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The Indiana State Teachers Association is calling on the governor and schools to take more action as schools have reported more than 15,000 COVID-19 cases. 

Black At Mizzou: Confronting Race On Campus

Nov 16, 2020

Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 at 9 PM

Lauren Brown says college was "culture shock." Most of the students at her high school were Black, but most of the students at the University of Missouri were white. And she got to the university in the fall of 2015, when Black students led protests in response to a string of racist incidents. The protests put Mizzou in the national news.

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The state's largest teachers union is calling on Indiana lawmakers to fully fund schools and provide educators with more bargaining power during the upcoming legislative session. The union is also calling for the state to do more to address teacher compensation. 

Indiana's Student Count Declines During Pandemic

Nov 10, 2020
Indiana Public Broadcasting

A clearer understanding of the pandemic’s impact on Indiana’s public schools is starting to take shape.

New data from the Indiana Department of Education shows the number of students attending traditional public or charter schools fell by nearly 15,000 students, or about 1.5 percent compared to last fall.

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Nov 9, 2020
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Many kids struggle with reading - and children of color are far less likely to get the help they need.

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Schools have reported more COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, at the same time Indiana is seeing a spike in cases statewide. 

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Indiana's final elected schools chief says that the 2020 election has a lot on the line, especially for education. But she has concerns about the future of the position of the state's top education official.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration is holding off on releasing a report with recommendations on teacher salaries until after the Nov. 3 election. The Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission was selected in February 2019 to examine long-term solutions for increasing educator pay. Before the pandemic, a 60-page draft report had been expected this summer. Chairman Michael Smith says that it wouldn’t be fair to release the report that consists of more than 40 suggestions because of the state’s fragile economic predicament.

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Schools are starting to take advantage of new flexibility from a law passed by lawmakers earlier this year, that allows schools to apply for waivers to bypass certain state requirements if they can prove it will benefit students. 

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The Indiana State Board of Education has released 2020 school accountability grades, but they don't reflect the most recent data about what's happening in schools – largely because there isn't enough or the state can't use it.

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Preliminary data shows schools across Indiana have reported nearly 1,900 total cases of COVID-19 among staff and students.