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Three of the four school referendums on the ballot in Indiana this election passed, according to results available Wednesday.

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Today:   Gary Community Schools emergency manager Dr. Paige McNulty is with us to talk about the reopening plan to bring students back to school, in accordance with the guidelines to be able to safely do so during this coronavirus pandemic.  We also find out about a northwest Indiana school district that will begin the academic year with virtual e-learning, instead of in-class learning.  Catisha Toney with Coates  Inc. talks about tomorrow's workshop for high school graduates and their families to help get ready for attending college this fall.  The workshop will be held at RailCat Stadiium in downtown Gary.  Military personnel getting ready to become veterans are taking advantage of a modernized Veteran Readiness and Employment Program, offered through the VA.  William Streitberger is the program director, and he joins  us to talk about how veterans are getting some high-tech help during this pandemic.

GARY - The Gary Community School Corporation is getting an opportunity to respond the citations brought against it for violation of the city of Gary's unsafe building ordinance.  

Gary Schools' Operating Deficit Cut In Half, Says Emergency Manager

Aug 15, 2019

Gary Community School Corporation's operating deficit is now $11 million, half what it once was, a financial consultant told state officials Thursday.

Eric Parish, MGT Consulting Group executive vice president, said a deficit reduction plan is on track to wipe out the annual debt in 2020 if multiple initiatives pan out.

“But we've come a long way,” Parish said. “And I think we can continue to meet those challenges -- and that's the goal. Everyone wants that sustainability because that is one of the triggers for the takeover to end.”

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.

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — An ex-school district superintendent charged with double-billing the district for about $1,200 in expenses will be able to travel in Illinois as the case moves forward.

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Today:   an extended conversation with Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas.  The mayor talks about the status of the city's U.S. 30 corridor project, other improvements made to neighborhoods around downtown Valpo, the quest for affordable housing in his city and what he plans to work on in 2019, as he wraps up his term of office.  He covers a lot of ground in this interview.

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Today:    On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we bring in Carole Carlson and Greg Tejeda from the "Post-Tribune" and "Times of Notthwest Indiana" business reporter Joseph Pete to talk about their latest stories offered for readers in print and online.  Carole and Greg focus on news from the city of Gary and Joseph has updates on, among other topics, the United Steelworkers' Union negotiations with U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal.

Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable program, we have Doug Ross and Dan Carden from the "Times of Northwest Indiana" and Meredith Colias-Pete from the "Post-Tribune" to talk about the stories they wrote and offered in print and online.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Tommy Williams and Sharon Jackson both have contributions as well.

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Hoosier legislators returned to the Statehouse recently for just one day -- for a special session that was called by House and Senate leaders to finish work that wasn't completed before the chaotic end of the regular session.  State Senator Eddie Melton came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about the work done in that one-day session -- and its impact on northwest Indiana, particularly in Gary.   Here's that conversation.

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Last year’s Senate Bill 567 set in motion plans for the state to intervene in Muncie and Gary schools.  This year, House Bill 1315 updates many provisions in that bill, including handing the running of Muncie Community Schools from an emergency manager to Ball State University.

Senate Approves School Financial Management Bill

Mar 6, 2018

Lawmakers in the Senate approved a controversial school financial management bill Tuesday.

Parts of the bill would heavily impact the function and oversight of Muncie and Gary schools and have stirred heated debate in recent weeks.

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Today:  this Reporter's Roundtable Thursday features "Times of Northwest Indiana"  county government and politics reporter Bill Dolan and Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Eric Weddle.  They talk about the stories they put out online and in print (in Bill's case), and on-the-air (in Eric's case) this week.

Gary Emergency Manager Plan: Close High School, Reconfigure Grade Levels

Feb 16, 2018

The state-appointed manager of the Gary Community School Corporation told state officials Friday the district faces an $18 million annual deficit and a proposal to close two buildings is only the start of cutting costs.

Gary Schools emergency manager Peggy Hinckley asked the state’s Distressed Unit Appeal Board Friday to let her close the Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy and the district’s central office, formerly the Lincoln School, this summer.