Education

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MERRILLVILLE - First graders from Fieler Elementary School in Merrillville are having their own March Madness through reading.

The experience is courtesy of their teacher, Miss Talian.  She set up a bracket with 16 books, and each student gets to choose the winning book in each bracket.

A virtual bracket posted in their Google Classroom has a read aloud for each book linked to the document, so students can listen to stories before they cast their votes on Fridays.

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The pressure to track kids down, get them engaged in school, and come up with lesson plans they can do remotely or in-person is a lot for one person to handle. Crawfordsville language arts teacher Emily Race said she's exhausted.

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Sophie Egan, owner and founder of "Soul Table Solutions," New York Times Contributor and Author of "How to be a Conscious Eater"  talks to Lakeshore Public Radio Show Host/Reporter Sharon Jackson about foods to eat that will keep your body healthy, whether or not Organic is really worth it, how to read labels and more.  Here is that conversation.

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A group of school choice bills are prompting lengthy and emotional debates about school funding at the Indiana Statehouse, with dozens of individuals and organizations testifying on the legislation at committee hearings Wednesday.

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Most Hoosiers value education beyond high school, according to an annual survey, but almost three-quarters believe financial strains from the COVID-19 pandemic pushed higher education further out of reach.

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Indiana's high school graduation rate held steady in 2020, according to new data from the State Department of Education. 

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The Indiana Department of Education released an online resource in partnership with Purdue University to help teachers teach climate change in schools. Several teachers we interviewed last year said they struggle to find credible materials on climate change for their lesson plans.

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School leaders in Indiana are making plans for their staff to get vaccinated for COVID-19. In some counties, initial doses have already become available for teachers, while others are still waiting without much information about when they'll get their shot.

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The governor's teacher compensation commission unveiled its report on teacher pay Monday, which includes a list of more than 30 recommendations to raise educator salaries. 

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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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