Education

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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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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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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Indiana Michigan Power gave a $216,000 grant for education to the Potawatomi Zoo. 

The grant money will create a STEM classroom on zoo grounds, provide scholarships, and hire more staff for the EdZOOcation program.

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The U.S. census determines billions of dollars in federal funding for Indiana – including for schools – and education leaders across the state are on a mission to make sure every Hoosier child gets counted in 2020. 

Executive director of the Indiana School Boards Association Terry Spradlin says each child in Indiana can mean thousands of dollars in local school funding over the years. Data from the Indiana Department of Education says the feds have sent Indiana more than $1 billion for education every year since the last census in 2010. 

More personnel changes are coming to the State Board of Education. As one member sent the governor his letter of resignation this week, and some others come to the end of their terms later this month.

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Tonight a town hall style meeting is planned at Benton Harbor High School regarding the state of Michigan's plan to suspend operations at the high school. 

The meeting will be in the high school's student commons starting at 6pm. School officials have invited Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to attend the meeting. 

In late May, the Michigan Dept. of Treasury announced a plan to close Benton Harbor High School in the fall of 2020 and to send students elsewhere in the corner of southwestern Michigan.

Thousands of teachers are starting the process of renewing their teaching licenses before a new law goes into effect that requires educators to learn more about workforce and career-related needs for their students and communities.

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