special education

All IN: Reporter check-in

Nov 15, 2021
Alan Mbathi - IPB News

Today we spend the hour catching up with public media reporters around the state, to dig a little deeper into their latest stories.

We'll learn about the federal mandate for companies to require the COVID-19 vaccine and the lawsuits filed against it, the challenges of navigating the special education system, and one town’s exposure to a cancer-causing chemical.

Produced by Micah Yason.


Rebecca Thiele
Environment and Energy Reporter, Indiana Public Broadcasting

Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News

Indiana will spend $2 million to help fully license special education teachers by offering scholarships for required training and streamlining required coursework, the state education department announced Monday. The program aims to ensure there are enough special educators when the state ends the use of emergency permits next school year.

Lee V. Gaines/WFYI

Students at the Independence Academy in Indianapolis are quick to tell you what they like about the school: their friends — and seeing them in person.

Eric Weddle/WFYI

After years of violating federal special education law, Indiana officials began talks with the U.S. Department of Education last week about their plan to comply by the start of next school year. A state official previously said these talks had already begun. 

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Indiana lawmakers are among those worried that the state’s rush to end emergency permits for special education teachers will leave schools with unfilled positions to help students with disabilities. 

Indiana violated federal law by issuing emergency special education licenses

Oct 6, 2021

Indiana issued thousands of emergency special education teaching permits in violation of federal law over the last four years — placing some of the highest need students in the state with untrained teachers. State officials say this is an oversight they’re now trying to correct by requiring special education teachers to be fully licensed or meet new requirements for provisional licensing.

(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Indiana for how it has handled special education during the pandemic.

(Provided by Brandi Wetherald)

For special education students and their families, finding the right materials and support in schools can be difficult, but the pandemic is forcing schools to rethink what learning looks like – and how it’s delivered.



GARY, Ind. (AP) — A school district in northwestern Indiana says it's seeking to fire a principal after a special needs teacher awarded an 11-year-old autistic student a trophy naming him the "most annoying male" of the school year.