Governor Mike Pence and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz have agreed to bring in an outside education group to mediate ongoing tension between the State Board and the Department of Education.
However, Ritz says the real problem is the governor’s new education agency. The Democrat says she used to meet regularly with Pence, a Republican, to discuss education policy in Indiana. Ritz says that changed in August when he created a new state agency to connect workforce development initiatives across the state.
The current high-school equivalency exam will cease to be in Indiana beginning January 1, 2014. That gives students currently working on the GED less than a month to complete it.
If not, they must start over with the state’s replacement exam, the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).
Lafayette Adult Resource Academy director Trish Maxwell says while it is better if partial-passers complete the exam by the end of the year, it’s not the end of the world if they don’t. About 10,000 Hoosiers take the GED annually.
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The Purdue Research Foundation is taking over fundraising and investment operations for the University.
Administrators say it will provide more flexibility and allow both the University Development Office and P.R.F. to better serve donors. Foundation President Dan Hasler says both have similar functions, so combining the two makes sense.
A federal judge Tuesday halted enforcement of an Indiana law that would impose new requirements on abortion clinics that provide only chemical, and not surgical, abortions.
The General Assembly passed legislation in 2013 requiring abortion clinics that dispense abortion-inducing drugs to comply with strict surgical facility standards, even if those clinics don’t perform surgical abortions. The law’s requirements do not extend to the offices of private physicians who administer the drug, so it only affects one existing location – a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette.
Indiana State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer will step down just four months after taking the job.
Governor Mike Pence appointed Sawyer in August, replacing now-State Republican Party Chair Tim Berry.
Sawyer was the first African-American Republican to hold statewide office. The Brownsburg native submitted his letter of resignation to Pence Monday. In it, Sawyer cites personal and family concerns as the reason for his departure.
Pence says he wants to assure Hoosiers that Sawyer’s job performance had nothing to do with his resignation.
The 10 appointed members of the State Board of Education did not violate Indiana’s Open Door Law in signing a letter to legislative leaders last month. That's according to an advisory opinion from the state’s public access counselor released Monday.