Widespread protests in several states have brought teacher pay and school funding into the spotlight, and this year, Indiana educators have pressed for statewide action on the same issues.

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities have condemned an Indiana school after inspectors found students wrapped in blankets and huddled around a kerosene heater in a chilly classroom.

Fire and building inspectors say they spotted six students last week at Delaware Christian Academy, a private school in Muncie that's part of the state's school voucher program.

The school's superintendent, Mike Baur, acknowledged Thursday that the building has flaws. But he denied that the children were cold. He says the plan is to reopen the building, which is 28,282 square feet.

Lawmakers made it harder for Hoosiers to change the gender on their driver's license. A House panel revived gun regulation changes. And Attorney General Curtis Hill's law license is in jeopardy.

Here's what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's largest teachers union is urging lawmakers to make changes to a school safety bill after it says teachers at an elementary school were shot with plastic pellets during active shooter training.

Members of the Indiana State Teachers Association told the Senate's education committee Wednesday the teachers were left with welts, bruises and abrasions after being struck in January by plastic pellets as the local sheriff's office conducted the training.

Michiana Women Making History: Debra Stanley

Mar 21, 2019

For Women’s History Month, 88.1 WVPE and Indiana University South Bend’s Women and Gender Studies program recognizes Michiana Women Making History.

Dr. Barbara Williams, a South Bend physician and sociologist, conducted several interviews with notable women in the community and we’re bringing you samplings of those conversations on Thursdays throughout March at 8:45 AM and 5:45 PM.

Lawmakers in the Senate gave final approval on a bill Tuesday to make Indiana’s next schools chief an appointed one. Now the bill heads to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk for his signature.

Howe Military Academy

Officials at Howe Military Academy in LaGrange County announced this morning the school will be closing at the end of this school year.

Howe Military Academy is a private, college preparatory boarding school that opened in 1884. It began admitting girls in 1988. In a letter posted on the school's website, President Thomas L. Tate says Howe is closing due to rising costs and declining enrollment. The statement says the school will operate as usual until the end of the year, then it will not re-open in the fall. Howe will provide assistance to students and their families, as well as faculty and staff as they find new school and work arrangements.

A new study shows hate crimes laws often aren’t utilized. House lawmakers change a school bus safety bill. And a Senate panel advances a bill to loosen restrictions on adoption advertising.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hate Crimes Research

Benton Harbor Area Schools is bearing down on a financial and academic crisis that might significantly impact its ability to provide quality educational services to its students, according to CEO/Superintendent Dr. Robert Herrera. During his public CEO/Superintendent meeting held Tuesday, Dr. Herrera provided a State of the District review since he took the reins in July 2018.


(LANSING) - Snow day forgiveness legislation has passed out of a Michigan House committee. A bill would still count snow days taken during a state of emergency declared by the governor toward the minimum number of instruction days. 

Tim Greimel is with an organization that represents many hourly employees in school systems, like maintenance workers and bus drivers. He says those employees only get paid if they work. The group wants the bill to make sure that hourly employees will be paid if snow days are forgiven.

Hundreds of teachers and supporters of public education rallied at the statehouse Saturday to call for better pay and school funding, because many say the state isn’t doing enough.

As lawmakers push forward a measure for the governor to appoint the state’s next schools chief starting in 2021, some question the requirements for the job.

Tech leaders engage in the hate crimes debate. A House committee approves an anti-abortion bill. And legislative leaders question DCS’s funding request.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Tech Industry On Hate Crimes

Lawmakers Push Public Schools To Carry 'Stop the Bleed' Kits

Mar 6, 2019

Some lawmakers want to require all Indiana public schools to have first aid trauma kits and train staff to use them.

The bill’s author Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) says these “Stop the Bleed” kits and training could save lives. 

"In the event of the worst case scenario, those on site can address the bleeding immediately," Frye says. "We know that someone could in case of an active shooter, for instance, bleed to death before their first responder can arrive." 

Lauren Chapman

Nutritionists from Indiana held their annual lunch for lawmakers this week at the Statehouse.