Education

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As Indiana school buildings are ordered closed until May, hands-on classes in career and technical education are being forced to adapt. The Indiana Office of Career and Technical Education gave some answers Wednesday on how educators can still meet course requirements.

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Many closed schools are adapting lessons to continue online or with other take-home materials, but one expert says expecting all students to keep learning at the same pace from home can widen existing equity gaps in education.

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School closures are one major side effect of concerns about the spread of COVID-19, and with parents and kids cooped up for weeks, child psychologists say it's important to talk to kids.

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Communities are figuring out how to educate more than 1 million kids suddenly at home, making accessibility questions even more pressing. The governor announced Wednesday all schools across Indiana are closed to help combat the spread of COVID-19. 

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School districts across the state are announcing extended closures to prevent potential spread of the new coronavirus among students, and the state is now making moves to postpone or cancel state tests for this year. 

On this edition of the podcast the you’ll the latest on coronavirus concerns around the state including the closing of several school districts in northwest Indiana, Brandon Smith reports on bills that passed and failed at the close of the 2020 legislative session and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Deb Stempowski, Assistant Director for Decennial Programs for U.S. Census Bureau. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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A last-minute change to a bill at the Statehouse in the days before the 2020 legislative session came to an end opens the door for charter schools to receive property tax funding through referendum measures. Lawmakers approved the multi-purpose bill on the last day of session after more than an hour debating the language.

An agricultural-focused charter school is under scrutiny from the Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE), because according to the board's legal counsel the school is operating like a virtual charter school when state law says it shouldn't be.

Indiana’s state tests have changed half a dozen times for students in the past decade, and with so much on the line, teachers, schools – and families – are trying to keep up.

Ball State University says a professor who called university police on a student in the middle of a class is not teaching classes for the remainder of the semester.


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Indiana teachers and schools will be shielded from penalties from last year’s poor statewide standardized test scores.

"Hold harmless” legislation was sent to the governor’s desk Monday.

Efforts to keep state funding out of schools that discriminate against staff and students are back at the statehouse. 

Indiana’s high school graduation rate dipped slightly in 2019, with the rate of students needing waivers from the state to earn a diploma, noticeably higher than previous years. 

The state’s largest early learning nonprofit says 2019 was a year of progress, and should set up 2020 to be “transformative” for early learning providers and families looking for improved access. 

School Spotlight: What’s A Sensory Path?

Dec 23, 2019

In the small town of Carlisle, south of Terre Haute, Carlisle Elementary School has a unique hallway that kids love to visit. If the timing’s right, you’ll see kids hopping, spinning, and waving their arms in the air. It’s called the sensory path hall. A series of stickers in various colors and shapes on the floor and walls leads kids from one end to another, and back again, in a big loop. 

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.

Charter Group Intends To Buy Or Lease Donnan, Howe And Manual School Buildings With '$1 Law'

Nov 25, 2019

The organization seeking charters for three Indianapolis schools on track to exit state takeover wants to use a state law to buy or annually lease the buildings for $1 each, according to its spokesperson.

It’s a Tuesday morning, just before 7. It’s still dark outside and a group of more than 20 teachers from Bedford, just south of Bloomington, are getting on a school bus. They’re going to the Statehouse. 

IPS Ends Deal With Charter Schools USA, Creating Uncertainty For Takeover Schools

Nov 22, 2019

This story was updated Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 at 10:20 p.m.

 

Indianapolis Public Schools Board voted unanimously Thursday to not renew a contract with the for-profit operator of one of its first innovation partnerships.

Emma Donna Elementary School was opened by the Florida-based Charter Schools USA in 2015 in partnership with IPS. The company also operates Emma Donnan Middle School as part of a state-mandated takeover. The two schools created a K-to-8 southside campus where students were taught by the private company’s teachers.

Republican legislative leaders are urging the state to use 2018 ISTEP scores for school letter grades and teacher evaluations this school year, instead of 2019 ILEARN scores. The move comes after widespread alarm from educators and state leaders about a drop in achievement on the state’s new ILEARN exam.

Educators are pressing for an overhaul of the state’s school accountability system after a reported drop in student achievement on the state’s new ILEARN exam – including the state’s top education official.

How Active Shooter Drills Can Harm A Child's Health

Aug 29, 2019

Dianne Gordon knew something was wrong as soon as her daughter stepped off the school bus one April afternoon. Seven-year-old Rory was inconsolable. 

"It was heart-breaking," says Gordon, who lives in Champaign, Ill. "She was screaming and yelling. She loves school, and she kept yelling, ‘I don’t want to go back. I don’t want to go back.'”

Virtual Charter School Board Members Resign Minutes Before Public Meeting

Aug 27, 2019

Tuesday night the board of directors who run two scandal-plagued virtual charter schools planned to hold a public meeting to discuss its closure. But what took place, leaves more questions than answers. 

Minutes before the meeting was to start, the attorney for the Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Pathways Virtual Academy said it's canceled. 

“Two board members are here for the executive session and resigned just a few minutes ago,” Mary Jane Lapoint said to a small group, including stunned former employees. 

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.

Virtual Charter Schools Say Allegations Of Enrollment Inflation Are False

Aug 19, 2019

DALEVILLE -- The attorney for two virtual charter schools alleged to inflate student enrollment and received millions of dollars in overpayments from the state, says new evidence will prove the schools did nothing wrong.

Nursing Students Serve Homeless As Part of Education

Aug 16, 2019

Hundreds of people snake through the warehouse at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Indianapolis, picking up canned goods, cartons of milk and other groceries. 

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 On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on the search for emergency housing for several residents of an apartment building in Valparaiso, the Hard Rock Casino is coming to Gary, Brandon Smith on Attorney General Curtis Hill's latest attempts to block a federal lawsuit against him, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Donna Stuckert of the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

Ohio Opens School For Students With Addiction

Jul 26, 2019

Bouncing on a purple exercise ball, Alyssa talks to her new teacher about what classes she needs to graduate.  "There’s a Psychology 1 as an elective, I would take that, but I already took psychology and sociology... And I feel like Heartland in general is a psychology class," she says, laughing.

Graduation rates at public colleges in Indiana continue to climb, according to a new report from the Commission for Higher Education.

A statewide listening tour with Indiana’s schools chief and a state senator kicked off Thursday night. The duo will focus on education concerns from Hoosiers, but the tour isn’t without controversy.

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