Bill Stanczykiewicz

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Legislative leaders and the governor entered the 2015 Indiana General Assembly, declaring it an “education session” and saying there was work to be done addressing worrisome topics such as infant mortality rates.

Many of the education issues got buried under the political sparring between GOP leaders and Democratic state superintendent Glenda Ritz. And most other legislation missed out on coverage because of debate over the state’s so-called “religious freedom” bill.

Report: Indiana Second Highest For Incarcerated Parents

Feb 17, 2015
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Here‘s a sobering figure about school kids with jailed parents in Indiana: The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s new "Kids Count" report says Indiana has more children with parents who are or have been incarcerated than most states.

The report ranks Indiana number two in the nation for jailed parents, trailing only Kentucky.

Oklahoma, Ohio and Michigan round out the top five.

Indiana Youth Institute President and CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz says drug activity, particularly the meth epidemic, may play a large role.

Proposed E-Cigarette Regulations Creating Controversy

Jan 12, 2015
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As the popularity of electronic cigarettes grows, Indiana politicians are pushing for tougher regulations at the state level.

Legislators will consider a bill this session aimed at curbing teen use of the products.

The proposal comes shortly after a national survey revealed, for the first time ever, more teens used electronic cigarettes in 2014 than any tobacco products.

Indiana Youth Institute

Next month, the state will begin its pre-kindergarten pilot in four counties. It’ll add a fifth pilot county later in the year.

Indiana Youth Institute President Bill Stanczykiewicz says the term “pilot” is a bit of a misnomer, though.

He sat down with WBAA News Director Stan Jastrzebski to talk about advocating for early childhood education, but says it’ll likely be decades before the state can truly know if pre-k is making a difference.

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Indiana children are making strides in education, according to new data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS Count report.

Indiana ranks 26th nationally in education this year, ahead eight places from 2013.

The rankings are based on several components, such as high school graduation rates and the percentage of children in pre-kindergarten.

One of the major contributing factors to the increase is an 11-percent improvement in the number of students proficient in both 4th grade reading and 8th grade math.

New state law adds madatory vision screening for students

Aug 5, 2013

A new state law requires vision screening for all fifth graders.

Indiana previously required vision exams in either kindergarten or first grade, followed by third grade and then again in eighth grade.

According to the American Optometric Association, 80% of a child’s learning occurs through their eyes, and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems.

Indiana Youth Institute president Bill Stanczykiewicz says students with undetected vision problems can develop a short attention span, leading to a misdiagnosis about their behavior.

IN Youth Institute promotes technical honors diploma

Aug 28, 2012

As students head back to school, research and job trends show job opportunities are out there. However, to take advantage of these opportunities, students must get the education or training necessary to qualify for the jobs most in demand now and very likely for the foreseeable future.This is especially true in manufacturing, where employers are having trouble finding qualified employees.WBAA's Kristin Malavenda talks with Indiana Youth Institute President & CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz about an option few students explore, the Technical Honors Diploma.

The current and future economy means about two-thirds of jobs require a post-secondary degree.

That’s according to Bill Stanczykiewicz who is the President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.

He says one way the state is helping those who not pursuing a four-year degree in college, but are still trying to earn graduate credentials, is through career and technical education centers.

Stanczykiewicz  says it usually takes about one or two years to complete programs through the centers.