Education

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.

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