Even as five more states were granted waivers Thursday from certain parts of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Indiana looks for the time being like it’s been…left behind.
Federal education officials had promised an answer on Indiana’s waiver request by the end of July, but a press release from the U.S. Department of Education yesterday confirmed a decision has not been made on Indiana’s claim.
"Despite media reports to the contrary, no decision has been made by the federal government regarding Indiana’s waiver," the press release says.
Experts appear divided on how much corn the state’s fields will yield this year, but there are some who are predicting record-high production.
They’re crediting this summer’s cool weather, combined with a lot of rain early in the season.
Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt says a corn surplus means lower prices on everything from cooking oil to animal feed – prices that will eventually translate into higher profits for meat producers.
A Purdue lecturer has returned from a visit to her native Ukraine, where she says fighting between state troops and Russian-backed separatists is taking its toll even in the capital of Kiev, her hometown.
Natasha Uhl says the conditions she saw aren't limited to the border region with Russia, which is many miles from the capital.
She also worries the Ukraine in which she grew up is not the same one currently inhabited by her son, daughter-in-law and their soon-to-be-born child.
Governor Mike Pence is noncommittal on whether Indiana will support the future of the Hoosier State Passenger Rail Line with state dollars. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Pence shifted responsibility to local communities along the line that runs between Chicago and Indianapolis.
Federal funding for the Hoosier State Line was cut off last year. The state and local communities along the line reached a temporary funding agreement that keeps the route running through October.
The state is developing treatment rules prompted by legislation that will significantly limit how much drug addiction treatment medication patients can take home.
Federal law caps the amount of methadone patients can take home. If someone’s been in treatment for at least six months, they can get three doses to take home per week. After a year, they can get 14 days worth of the medication; after two years, 30 days.
A Marion County judge is allowing a lawsuit involving a dispute between state superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education to move forward.
The judge Tuesday denied the Attorney General’s request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by four residents against the State Board of Education.
The issue at the center of the lawsuit is whether State Board of Education members violated the state’s open meeting law when they decided via email to send a legislative leaders a letter, asking them to intervene in how school’s A-F grades were being calculated.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the state’s Public Integrity Coalition is developing strategies from the local level up to state government aimed at curbing public corruption. Those strategies could include new legislation.
The Public Integrity Coalition, formed three months ago, brings together groups such as the Attorney General’s office, the State Board of Accounts – which is responsible for auditing all levels of government in the state – the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, and law enforcement groups around the state.