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Indiana K-12 schools will not reopen this academic year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The Indiana Department of Education ordered schools Thursday to develop plans to prepare for the long-term fallout from that decision.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says those “continuous learning plans" will help the state see how schools will continue educating all kindergarteners through high school juniors while buildings remain shut. 

Stanley Clark School Teacher Being Tested For COVID-19

Mar 10, 2020
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The Stanley Clark Head of School, Melissa Grubb, confirms that Tuesday morning a teacher was scheduled to  be tested for coronavirus.  Grubb says she anticipates the test results will be known in a 72-hour timeframe.

Grubb says the private school located in South Bend was closed Monday and today and will remain closed until the school gets clarification on the test results and gets some further direction from health officials. 

Grubb says the staff member learned Sunday of the exposure concerns. 

Monday the school underwent a deep cleaning. 

Paw Paw School District Might Drop Redskins Next Week

Mar 5, 2020
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PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — The leader of a school district in southwestern Michigan will recommend that the Redskins nickname be dropped.

Paw Paw Superintendent Rick Reo said he will take the message to the school board on March 9.

Reo says the nickname is an obstacle to welcoming all students. Reo joined the district in 2018, first as high school principal and now superintendent.

The Paw Paw board voted in 2017 to keep the nickname and mascot.

State Of Indiana Mulls Moving Schools For Deaf & Blind Rather Than Fixing Old Properties

Mar 1, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some lawmakers and advocates say the process of relocating two deteriorating schools for blind and deaf students is being rushed because the schools sit on valuable Indianapolis real estate desirable for development.

The Indiana School for the Deaf and the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired are in dire need of updates and maintenance.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that Democratic state Rep. Greg Porter from Indianapolis says moving the schools is a “development play" because the property is valuable. 

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MONTROSE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan teacher has denied a request from a student with two mothers to write about same-sex marriage for a class assignment.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana schools and teachers won’t face any penalties from lower student scores on the state’s new ILEARN standardized exam under a proposal that's been signed into law.

The bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Eric Holcomb grants a two-year delay on schools receiving a lower A-F state rating based on scores from the 2019 or 2020 ILEARN exams.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have rolled back a proposal that aimed to require a poster with the national motto “In God We Trust” and the American and state flags be displayed in all public school classrooms.

The Indiana Senate education committee modified the bill to make the poster optional before voting Wednesday to advance it to the full Senate.

The bill originally required the posters be at least 11 inches by 17 inches, with the letters of “In God We Trust” a minimum 4 inches tall.

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The Indiana State Board of Education approved a proposal that will cut state funding from some family and consumer science (FCS) classes starting next school year, after board members held a procedural vote at a special meeting Friday.

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Athletics programs around the state and country are facing a shortage of school sports officials, and a class of students at IUPUI in Indianapolis is trying to tackle the problem by sharing possible solutions to different elements of the problem. 

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As the weather gets colder and tougher to navigate with ice and snow, many schools will likely use scheduled make-up days when kids can’t get to class. But more are using what’s called eLearning instead of cancelling school, and the state has made it easier for them to do so.

Kids do school work online on eLearning days, and they have become a popular option for school districts to avoid make-up days or extending the school year. 

PHM Schools Recovering From Ransomware Attack

Nov 14, 2019
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MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — The PHM school district is working to restore its computer system after hackers crippled the network by infecting it with ransomware.

The Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. notified staff and students’ families Tuesday of the hackers’ attack.

An email to staff said the district’s computer network was infected with ransomware that knocked out “all internal network systems” districtwide.

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UPDATE:

Results for the state’s new ILEARN test are now public, and reveal just how much lower achievement rates on the test look compared to previous iterations of the state’s standardized exam. According to state data, less than half of all students reached proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, with proficiency rates of 47.9 and 47.8 percent respectively. 

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Policymakers say they want to hold schools harmless for major drops in student achievement on the state’s new ILEARN test, after mounting pressure from school leaders and parents.

In a series of statements released Monday, leaders in the General Assembly as well as state officials like Gov. Eric Holcomb and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick, stressed the need to prevent the state from penalizing schools for the results during the exam’s first year in use.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers may be closer to forgiving schools from potentially having to make up four snow days that occurred during a state-declared emergency.

Legislation approved unanimously by the Senate Tuesday would exclude the period from Jan. 29 through Feb. 1 from counting as snow days. That's when an artic deep freeze shut down many normal activities, including school.

Michigan House Approves Bill To Forgive Schools From Making Up Snow Days

Apr 17, 2019
Lindsey Smith / Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Schools exceeding the maximum number of snow days would not have to make up those that occur during a state-declared emergency under legislation the Michigan House approved Wednesday.

The bill, approved 101-7, is aimed at aiding K-12 districts after frigid temperatures and other weather caused a high number of school cancellations this past winter. It will next go to the Senate, where a similar measure won committee approval this week.

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