Education

Justin Hicks/WVPE

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.

Kalamazoo Public Schools

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Board of Education has selected Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice to be the next state superintendent.

The board voted 5-3 for Rice on Tuesday after conducting final interviews with three candidates. Once a contract is signed, he will lead the state Department of Education, starting in July and making $216,000 a year.

Board members say they liked Rice's focus on addressing the achievement gap among students and his experience as an educator in other states.

Adult Diploma Reimbursement Bill Signed Into Law

May 7, 2019
Lauren Chapman

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law this week that will fund adult high school diploma programs based on performance – not just enrollment. The requirements will affect programs across the state.

This year’s first round of school funding referenda includes 10 school corporations, with a handful of the schools asking voters for more funding for the first time.

The state is willing to send funding to schools even if they enroll some 4-year-olds in kindergarten at the start of the upcoming school year. Officials say it’s a small but important shift from a change lawmakers made during the 2018 session.

The 2019 legislative session has officially come to an end, and lawmakers’ attempts to address a number of education issues are receiving mixed reviews.

Justin Hicks

Students from dozens of Indiana high schools competed at the state fairgrounds over the weekend. The event tested their leadership, career and technical skills. 

While lawmakers in the Senate decided the fate of several bills Tuesday, a group of public education advocates wearing red gathered downstairs. Teachers unions, the Coalition for Public Education and Indiana PTA helped organize the event as a near-final push for more money in the state budget as the legislative session winds down.

Indiana Public Media

Senate Republicans released their budget proposal Thursday and it includes more money for teacher appreciation grants, and changes to funding for virtual schools.

The Senate GOP budget would send $535 million more dollars to schools over the next two years - a slight increase compared to the House proposal.

But the Senate plan would also cut the amount of money that goes to virtual schools based on student enrollment.

Jeanie Lindsay

Some parents of students with disabilities are raising concerns about testing accommodations as the state rolls out its new standardized exam.

Foster Youth Lag In Educational Attainment

Apr 9, 2019
Jill Sheridan

Foster youth in Indiana are less likely than other students to receive a quality education according to the first ever state assessment on the group

The central message of Monday’s state of higher education address is one Hoosiers have heard before; it focused on the need for a more skilled workforce.

Ivy Tech

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College is one of four community colleges across the nation chosen for a push to boost single mothers' college success rates.

The national nonprofit Education Design Lab will oversee a structured process under which the four colleges will design, implement and scale efforts intended to dramatically improve single mothers' success rates at the four institutions by addressing the unique needs of those women.

Indiana’s teacher salaries have been the slowest growing in the country according to a national think tank, and the state’s teachers union says it will take billions of dollars to make up for years of inadequate funding.

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