Education

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.

Brandon Smith

Senate lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that ensures Indiana law deals with how volunteer coaches at high schools are disciplined.

Students will be able to return to Needham and Webb elementary schools in Franklin on Monday after the school district determined the buildings are safe.

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.

WFYI

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.

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