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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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The Indiana State Board of Education is considering a plan to protect funding for schools reopening virtually this school year, after a warning of possible cuts from lawmakers last month. 

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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. 

The Indiana State Board of Education approved a proposal that will cut state funding from some family and consumer science (FCS) classes starting next school year, after board members held a procedural vote at a special meeting Friday.

Private Operator Pitches $25M Overhaul Of Gary Roosevelt High School

Dec 16, 2019

GARY, Indiana -- Two starkly different plans emerged Monday about the future of Theodore Roosevelt College & Career Academy, a high school under state takeover since 2012 for chronic academic failure. Students were also displaced earlier this year after the building was shuttered due to millions of dollars in weather-related damages.

A proposal from state workforce agencies would cut funding for classes that teach nutrition, personal finance, and other skills. It has many Family and Consumer Sciences teachers across the state worried.

The Indiana State Board of Education voted unanimously on Wednesday to postpone a decision about whether to remove state funding for some life skills classes. Some teachers are worried that, if it passes, their programs could be canceled.

A school district in southern Indiana is one step closer to splitting in two after the Indiana State Board of Education approved the next step in the process. The unprecedented move received widespread support among board members, but some questions remain. 

Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Gary) will announce this evening he’s running for governor.

Melton will officially announce his run in Gary, his hometown, after months of exploring a bid.

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 On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on the Duneland School Corporation two closing schools after traces of Legionella bacteria were discovered, a contract worker that died as a result of an accident at the BP Whiting Refinery, parents of Gary Community School Corp students voiced their frustrations at the State Board of Education meeting, Sharon Jackson speaks with Michele Murday of EnvironForensics about an honor she recently received and Chris Nolte has a conversation with community activist Ruth Needleman .

Outrage Over Conditions At Gary Schools Hits State Ed Board

Oct 2, 2019

Parents and others angrily called out the State Board of Education at its meeting today in Gary. They say despite the state’s intervention in local schools students face unsafe buildings, leaky roofs and even lack toilet paper at one school.

Parent LaRona Carter says students have been let down by elected state officials, various appointed boards and the companies hired with tax-dollars to manage the schools. Nine other parents and community members echoed Carter during public comments.

Two virtual charter schools and the district overseeing them have to pay back millions of dollars in state funding, after the Indiana State Board of Education voted to get money back from the schools at its meeting Wednesday.

The head of Indiana’s State Board of Education will soon lead Muncie Community Schools.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, district officials say they’ve hired more than just a superintendent.


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When asked why she would leave a state government job to move to Muncie, Dr. Lee Ann Kwiatkowski put it simply.

School accountability in Indiana could focus, in part, on what students do after high school under a plan in the House, as lawmakers seek to align the state’s school accountability system with new graduation pathways.

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Today:   Michael Hicks, the executive director of Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research, is the co-author of a new report that shows that, overall, Indiana has an overabundance of homes and what the report says is an unprofitable housing industry.  We talk with Professor Hicks about the report, and take a closer look at northwest Indiana.

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Today:   We asked Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor spokesman Anthony Swinger to talk about the appeal that the OUCC filed in response to approval by state utility regulators of the $20 million sale of the city of Lake Station's water system to Indiana-American Water Company.  The Court of Appeals has yet to rule on the OUCC request.  Anthony also gives us an update on the statewide water utility's proposed rate case.   The proposal before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission would raise rates in two phases, increasing its total annual operating revenues by $38.8 million.

The State Board of Education is recommending crucial changes for virtual charter school regulations in Indiana, after members debated a key piece of the proposal at its December meeting.

A small committee of state board members started studying virtual school policies and practices earlier this year. In October, they pitched a three-pronged series of changes for the board to recommend lawmakers consider in 2019.

Vince Bertram Resigns From State Board Of Education

Nov 27, 2018

Vince Bertram resigned from the State Board of Education over the weekend.

Nearly two-thirds of Hoosier schools received an A or B grade from the state this year, according to accountability ratings the State Board of Education made public Wednesday.

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Today:   Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson talked to the President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum, Heather Ennis, about the region-wide plan that the agency is working on -- an economic develoipment "playbook," of sorts. 

Schools now have more guidance from the state around new graduation pathway requirements, after months of discussion with educators and school leaders who have stressed the importance of locally created options for districts.

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The State Board of Education plans to take a closer look at virtual charter schools. Members approved a new committee at their meeting Wednesday to review and make policy recommendations around virtual schools.

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The state released its first evaluation of charter schools this week. It details the academic outcomes and enrollment at Indiana’s 93 charter schools.

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The Indiana State Board of Education hosted a hearing Thursday seeking public comment on proposed revisions to school accountability grades.

 

The majority of those present at the hearing were school teachers and administrators.
 

They raised concerns about the timeline for the changes, and how they could affect their students standardized tests and graduation pathways.
 

The Indiana State Board of Education will host a public forum Thursday at Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend - seeking public input on proposed revisions to school accountability grades.

 

This is one of four public forums throughout the state that gives Indiana residents the opportunity to weigh-in on proposed changes to school accountability grades.
 

Proposed changes include a higher significance on student standardized test performance and school graduation rates.
 

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos approved Indiana’s plan to adhere to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act Friday.

Indiana’s 168-page plan details how state officials will comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind law in 2015.

A proposal to ensure the transition of three schools under state control back to Indianapolis Public Schools did not gain approval from the State Board of Education Wednesday.

Instead, the board opted to leave open their options in 2020 when newly updated contracts expire between the state and Charter Schools USA, the for-profit Florida-based management company running the three schools.

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Today: It's Reporters Roundtable, when we ask members of the northwest Indiana and Indiana media to talk about the stories they worked on this week.  On this edition of the Roundtable are Greg Tejeda of the Post-Tribune, Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore, Indiana Public Broadcasting's Eric Weddle and INside Indiana Business host Andy Ober.

The Indiana State Board of Education approved four private schools with a history of low performance and academic failure to accept publicly funded vouchers to cover tuition for incoming students during a meeting Wednesday.

The schools had lost their ability to enroll new students in the Choice Scholarship Program because they had been rated a D or F on the state’s accountability system for at least two consecutive years.

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Today: it's the weekly Reporters' Roundtable conversation of many of the big local news stories, with Times of Northwest Indiana reporters Bill Dolan and Carmen McCollum and one important state education story -- Wednesday's meeting of the Indiana state Board of Education, covered by Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Eric Weddle.

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