Education

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 Closing

Mar 19, 2019
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.

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(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.  

Lauren Chapman

Indiana’s public universities made their funding requests to Senate legislators Tuesday as that chamber’s budget hearings are underway.

Both the Senate and House have approved their own versions of a virtual education bill, but some worry the proposed new rules for virtual education moving forward don’t do enough.

Two bills in the Michigan State House would allow Michigan teachers to carry pepper spray and tasers on school grounds.

 

State legislators introduced a bill last year to allow teachers to carry a gun on school grounds. That bill did not pass. Critics worried that having guns on school grounds might endanger students.

 

Suspended Roncalli HS Counselor Files 2nd Discrimination Charge

Mar 4, 2019

Shelly Fitzgerald, the guidance counselor placed on paid administrative leave from Roncalli High School after her marriage to a woman became public, has filed a second discrimination charge against the school.

Tuesday Michigan state lawmakers plan to consider legislation to help school districts that have to make up snow days. 

 

Severe weather and bitter cold forced many Michigan schools to exceed the number of allowable snow days this year.  A bill going before the Michigan House Education Committee would give school districts a break if the governor declares an emergency because of the weather.

 

Purdue Civics Test Town Hall: What Test, If Any?

Mar 1, 2019

A Friday discussion about the possibility Purdue University might mandate passage of a civics exam to graduate came to few conclusions, except that the existing national citizenship test seems ill-suited for the job President Mitch Daniels wants done.

The 2019 legislative session’s first half ended as the House passed the budget, the Senate approved a major gaming bill, and Gov. Eric Holcomb stood firm on hate crimes.

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

House Budget

Hundreds of school professionals met in Bloomington this week to focus on how they educate children – including their emotional and social needs – and organizers say the efforts could help Indiana make progress on key education issues.

Southwestern Michigan College

 

Southwestern Michigan College recently opened an new space for their nursing program which includes state of the art medical simulations.

The $9.6 million facility is a renovation and expansion of the college’s existing space. It includes new classrooms and exam spaces, but also a brand new simulation lab.

The sim lab is coordinated by Amber Villwock. She said it provides a more realistic learning environment for the students.

Mishawaka Schools: Learning To Teach The Whole Child

Jun 15, 2018
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Mishawaka Schools hosted a series of workshops for educators from across Northern Indiana yesterday to discuss best practices to nurture the “Whole Child.”

The whole child refers to the social and emotional well-being of a child that in turn affects a child’s academic performance.
 

Director of Student Learning and Innovation for Mishawaka Schools, Sarah Hickle says whole means teachers make sure the child is, “healthy, happy, safe, ready to learn.”
 

South Bend Schools Talk Safety During Panel Discussion

Mar 16, 2018

 

The South Bend School Corporation hosted a panel of students  and officials from throughout the district Thursday at John Adams High School to talk about school safety.

At the panel, held the day after nationwide student walkouts against gun violence, students from different high schools told school officials how they felt in their respective buildings.

 

South Bend Schools Talk Safety During Panel Discussion

Mar 16, 2018

 

The South Bend School Corporation hosted a panel of students  and officials from throughout the district Thursday at John Adams High School to talk about school safety.

At the panel, held the day after nationwide student walkouts against gun violence, students from different high schools told school officials how they felt in their respective buildings.

 

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

The Indiana State Board of Education hosted a hearing Thursday seeking public comment on proposed revisions to school accountability grades.

 

The majority of those present at the hearing were school teachers and administrators.
 

They raised concerns about the timeline for the changes, and how they could affect their students standardized tests and graduation pathways.
 

The Indiana State Board of Education will host a public forum Thursday at Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend - seeking public input on proposed revisions to school accountability grades.

 

This is one of four public forums throughout the state that gives Indiana residents the opportunity to weigh-in on proposed changes to school accountability grades.
 

Proposed changes include a higher significance on student standardized test performance and school graduation rates.
 

South Bend Schools held an informational meeting Tuesday to help parents and students navigate new school assignments and graduation pathways following the approval of the Focus 2018 redistricting plan in December.

In what resembled a college fair, parents and students visited with representatives from each of the district schools to learn more about programs available to elementary and middle school students in South Bend.

South Bend Schools Approve Focus 2018 Plan

Dec 19, 2017

The South Bend School Corporation passed the Focus 2018: Design for the Future school plan yesterday with a unanimous vote. South Bend residents filled the meeting room for another opportunity to  voice concerns before school board members voted on the much scrutinized plan. Many parents expressed concern about how quickly the plan would make drastic changes across the school district.
 

Benton Harbor Area Schools

 

After nine months of a partnership agreement between the State of Michigan and Benton Harbor Area Schools, the results are largely positive. Academic scores are mostly up, but some benchmarks are still falling short.

 

APM

Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 at 9 PM

Incumbent Democratic State Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Republican challenger Jennifer McCormick participated in a debate Monday in Fort Wayne. It was moderated by Claire McInerney of Indiana Public Broadcasting and Eric Weddle of WFYI Public Media, Indianapolis.

When it comes to measuring and rating teachers, Indiana school districts vary widely in their practices. Yet, for the past three years almost all Indiana educators have been rated effective.

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