Education

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As schools move more of their students back to virtual learning, internet connectivity remains a significant hurdle for some families. But in Vigo County, the school district is deploying a fleet of Wi-Fi-equipped buses as part of its strategy to help bridge the gap. 

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The Indiana State Teachers Association is calling on the governor and schools to take more action as schools have reported more than 15,000 COVID-19 cases. 

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As coronavirus infection rates skyrocket across the state, many school districts are going back to full-time virtual learning. But that poses a problem for working parents as a temporary paid leave program expires at the end of the year.

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The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, or SHPE, is connecting with high school and college students, and helping them prepare for possible job opportunities. 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb will appoint Katie Jenner as Indiana's first-ever appointed education secretary. Holcomb announced his pick for the state's top school official in a statement Thursday.

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The Indiana State Board of Education is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the way the state calculates school letter grades. 

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As key states continue counting votes to determine the winner in the race for president, Indiana teachers are busy fielding questions from their students. Teachers say students are curious about a lot: like how the electoral college works, why results are taking so long – even asking about their political views. 

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Many of Indiana's school leaders are grappling with tension in their communities as they consider how and when to bring more kids back into schools, but teachers say they're feeling more pressure than ever to manage classes in-person and online, as well as their own safety.

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Educators and their communities have pushed officials to publicly track COVID-19 cases found in schools, but one expert warns there hasn't been enough testing to make those numbers meaningful.

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The Indiana State Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal to maintain full funding levels for schools operating online this fall. School leaders and educators say it offers much-needed stability.

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Indiana will soon send a total of $61 million to Hoosier schools to help them with their technology needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Indiana's moratorium on evictions is set to expire this week and additional pandemic unemployment benefits have already ended, and schools are on edge for what it could mean for students with unstable housing. 

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A top lawmaker in Indiana is warning schools they could lose out on 15 percent of state funding if they start the new school year only online. 

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Indiana schools are reopening for the new academic year, with some reporting cases of COVID-19 among staff or students, and the state's top school official says efforts to find people who have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus is proving difficult.

State Launches COVID-19 Help Hotline For Schools

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The State Department of Health announced Wednesday it launched a hotline for school administrators to call with questions about COVID-19.

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on school reopening plans across the Region, Brandon Smith reports Governor Eric Holcomb has issued a statewide mask mandate and Chris Nolte has a conversation with School City of Hammond Superintendent Scott Miller. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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Most Indiana students – and all adults – must wear masks at school as buildings prepare to reopen to in-person instruction.

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Indiana education officials are moving forward with a plan to let schools administer the IREAD-3 test this fall. The State Board of Education approved a resolution at it's July meeting Wednesday saying schools can use the test for fourth graders returning to school. 

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Lawmakers approved several new education laws during the legislative session earlier this year, and many go into effect with the new fiscal year, July 1.

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Indiana will not cut funding for K-12 schools, according to Gov. Eric Holcomb. At a press conference Wednesday, he said the state's budget for K-12 schools approved by lawmakers in 2019 will remain on track, despite revenue shortfalls spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Recent protests against racism and police brutality are prompting more people to talk about racial justice and equity, and advocates say those efforts have to include teachers in Indiana.

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Today: The November election is just around the corner and we catch up with Lake County Democratic Party Chairman Jim Wieser as well as the Lake County GOP Party Chair Dan Dernulc to discuss results of the primary election.

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School leaders and educators are still figuring out what the state's latest guidance on how to reopen buildings means for them. Many worry about how to pay for some of the changes, and whether or not all of them will be needed – or possible – in different parts of the state.

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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.

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Despite worries about COVID-19's impact on the economy, voters appear to be supporting funding proposals from school corporations across Indiana. Unofficial results show 16 out of the 18 school funding referendum measures passing. 

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More than a dozen school districts are seeking voter approval for referendum funding during today's primary election, and leaders and school officials say the pandemic has changed how they talk about their proposals.

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More than a dozen school districts in Indiana are asking voters to approve funding for construction projects, general operating costs, or both, during the June 2 primary. 

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Teacher compensation was shaping up to be a hot ticket policy item for lawmakers in 2021, after thousands of educators flooded the Statehouse six months ago to highlight teachers' and public schools' financial needs. 

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“Post-Tribune” reporters Meredith Colias-Pete and Carole Carlson share the latest in healthcare and education in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Foster Success is an organization for that provides educational, financial and social support to foster care youth. President and CEO Dr. Maggie Stevens says education outcomes for foster youth are going in the wrong direction. We revisit a conversation with Indiana Gaming Insight - Political Insight editor Ed Feigenbaum sheds light on  questions regarding when the casino industry might reopen.

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Closing schools during a pandemic is a complicated decision, but so is opening them back up to students and staff. And while the state has yet to decide when and how K-12 schools can bring people back to campuses, state leaders are looking at key considerations for next school year.

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