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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’s Commission on Improving the Status of Children will adopt an equity guide in the coming weeks that will help steer its decision-making.

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The Indiana Department of Education is rejecting the latest guidance from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about how to share emergency school funding with private schools, after it spurred pushback from education leaders at all levels. 

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's latest guidance on emergency relief money for K-12 schools has education leaders puzzled. The U.S. Department of Education's recent directive means private schools will get a larger share of emergency aid funding – while low-income schools will get less.

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on street closures in Gary to ensure public safety, Jeanie Lindsey reports on a partnership with the Indiana Department of Education and Indiana Public Broadcasting to help parents and students continue learning at home.

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Education leaders are searching for new tools and technology to help students access learning materials from home as school buildings remain closed because of the new coronavirus. But a new initiative announced Monday takes advantage of old-school tech: public television.

A new data tool from the state aims to make it easier for families to access school information.

Two Indiana agencies have partnered to develop statewide trainings to help educate schools and parents on the dangers of vaping.

Seven Indiana schools have closed due to the flu so far. And several others are reporting high absentee rates. But state education officials say there’s no cause for concern. 

The Indiana Department of Education released 2019 federal school ratings Friday, while state letter grades remain on hold. 

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.

School counseling services, teacher training, and the governance of education in Indiana could all be changing in 2020. A group of lawmakers studying key education questions have finalized their recommendations for the General Assembly to consider next year.

Indiana Officials Call Meth Emerging Drug Crisis

Aug 8, 2019

Meth – this is the drug the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse says needs more attention.

The commission met Thursday to discuss the emerging drug, in a shift that comes after years of statewide focus on the opioid epidemic. A recent preliminary Centers for Disease Control report shows promising signs that the opioid epidemic may be slowing.

At least two Indiana school districts face federal lawsuits claiming they didn’t do enough to protect students from bullying. Meanwhile, anti-bullying advocates in the state are pushing for stronger laws. 

Starting next month teachers will need to spend time focused on career awareness in order to renew their licenses. More than 22,700 – about a third of all teachers in the state – have started the process to renew their licenses compared to just 514 at this time last year.

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate reached a final agreement Tuesday on what will likely be the state’s next two-year budget.

The Indiana Department of Education says Indiana’s teacher shortage is counterproductive to its priorities.

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Data from the state of Indiana show more public high school students are taking advanced placement exams.

Bill Would Partner Seniors, Students to Improve School Safety

Jan 23, 2019

Some lawmakers want to connect seniors with students to improve school safety. 

The house education committee approved a bill Wednesday to create a program that would partner volunteers 55 years or older with students. 

Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) authored the bill. He says it could improve social and emotional support in schools, and ultimately, make them safer.

Indiana’s high school graduation rate for 2018 remained about the same as last year, at 88.1 percent. That’s about a 1 percent increase from 2017, according to data from the Indiana Department of Education.

Nearly 8 percent of graduates failed to pass the final exams required to earn a diploma and received a waiver from the state.

Virtual and adult learning charter schools show some of the lowest graduation rates – Indiana Virtual Academy graduated only 2 percent of its cohort.

The number of virtual school programs in Indiana nearly doubled over the past four years, and new data from the state department of education reveals rapid growth in virtual student enrollment.

Only 18 virtual school programs existed in 2014, according to the report from the Indiana Department of Education. Now, 38 schools say they offer virtual programs, where students spend more than 50 percent of their instructional time learning via technology.

Three children died this week after a vehicle struck them as they crossed the street to board a school bus in Fulton County. While situations like this don’t happen often, bus drivers in Indiana say vehicles passing them illegally is nothing new.

School reviews in Indiana are changing again this year as part of the state’s renewed approach to school improvement.

Each year the state reviews schools with at least two years of failing letter grades, to look at different aspects of a school’s operations and figure out how they can improve. 

State Officials Working To Fix ISTEP Issues

Sep 5, 2018

The full impact of scoring issues plaguing this year’s ISTEP results remains unknown, but state officials aims to resolve the problems by the end of this week.

Spring 2018 ISTEP Results Delayed Due To Grading Issues

Aug 30, 2018

The Indiana Department of Education says results for the state’s standardized test, the ISTEP, are delayed due to issues the exam’s vendor reported as it finalized the data.

The group responsible for Indiana’s school safety report says the state needs to improve mental health services and data sharing to keep kids safe.

State Working To Improve Test Security

Aug 1, 2018

The state is making changes to better secure student testing and avoid more invalid scores or student retakes.

All Indiana high schools will offer an ethnic studies elective course starting this fall, after lawmakers approved a bill last year requiring the change.

The Indiana Department of Education recently released standards for the new ethnic studies course.  Director of School Improvement Robin LeClaire says one key part centers around student identity.

State Kicks Off New School Cybersecurity Initiative

May 4, 2018

Cybersecurity in schools is the focus of a new initiative from the Indiana Department of Education, and it includes thousands of dollars in funding for some schools.

The initiative aims to get schools on the same page, and more prepared, in terms of cybersecurity. Schools can apply for matching grants of up to $25,000 to build up their cybersecurity systems, and improve 24-hour system monitoring.

The department’s chief technology officer John Keller says it’s crucial, since more schools are offering more tech to students.

TheStatehouseFile.com

Today:  on this Reporter's Roundtable, we bring in "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Giles Bruce and Carmen McCollum to talk about the stories they covered in print and online for the newspaper.  We also bring you an extended conversation with State Senator Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) about the efforts to improve the state's water infrastructure improvement.  Besides his work in the Indiana General Assembly, Charbonneau participated in a recent Great Lakes states policy workshop on the issue.

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