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A new report from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce shows school superintendents and principals have favorable views of school counselors.

But those same officials say they can’t always hire counselors when students need them.

School counselors help students improve their academics, address emotional needs and prepare for college and careers … but they aren’t always there.

IU, Purdue Applaud SCOTUS Affirmative Action Ruling

Jun 23, 2016
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Indiana universities applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the University of Texas’ affirmative action policies. The 4-3 ruling maintains affirmative action policies already at Indiana colleges.  

At stake was whether the University of Texas could consider race as one of several factors for acceptance.

Abigail Fisher sued the university after being denied admission … claiming she was discriminated against because she’s white. She says other, less qualified students were admitted because of affirmative action.

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The new chairman of the Purdue Senate Friday opened his term in office by calling for more transparency from the Purdue Board of Trustees and school administrators.

Biology professor David Sanders, who’s also a Democratic member of the West Lafayette City Council, used the Jewish parable of the “red heifer” – in which a Rabbi explains what Sanders calls a “strange tradition” to a pagan -- to gently admonish the Trustees to publicly address not just what’s good about Purdue, but what needs improvement, as well.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg and state superintendent Glenda Ritz detailed their proposal for universal pre-k Thursday, explaining why they want it for all kids and not just those for low income families.

The two Democrats want to create a new statewide pre-k program, different from the current pilot program supported by Governor Mike Pence, On My Way Pre-K.

On My Way Pre-K grants pre-k scholarships to low income families, but Ritz says she wants the program to be available for all students.

ISTEP Panel: How Will New Test Help Students, Teachers?

Jun 16, 2016
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The panel re-writing the state’s school standardized assessment met for the second time Tuesday.

However, members are unsure of their vision for the test.

The panel has the power to decide the new test’s format, technology, vendor and many other factors.

But Tuesday’s meeting discussion focused on something different-  the goal of the test.

Many of the educators on the panel said they didn’t want to move forward with technical decisions until they knew exactly how this test is expected to help the state and teachers.


Every two years the U.S. Department of Education collects civil rights data on all public schools and school districts in the United States. This week the department released those numbers from the 2013-14 school year.

The Department of Education break down by gender, race and disability access and opportunities for students at every school in country. Things like suspension, expulsion, absenteeism, juvenile justice facilities, officers in schools, restraint, seclusion, college readiness and more.

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It may be no surprise that education makes it less likely for a person to end up back behind bars.

But since 2010 many higher education classes in Indiana prisons have faded.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Peter Balonon-Rosen reports on one remaining college-level program that not only educates students, but also transforms them in the process.

Ritz: Indiana Has The Money For Universal Preschool

Jun 7, 2016
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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz wants to see preschool available to all Indiana kids — and says it should be at the front of lawmakers’ minds as they enter the 2017 legislative session.

The $150 million proposal to expand preschool in every district in the state would be less than one percent of the state’s annual budget, Ritz said. She says it’s among the Department of Education’s top policy priorities heading into the next legislative session.

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80-percent of Indiana’s upcoming high school seniors eligible for the state’s 21st Century Scholars program aren’t meeting the requirements to receive those scholarships. 

The legislature created new requirements for the 21st Century Scholars program back in 2011.  At the time, only about 10-percent of students who earned the scholarships were graduating college on time. 

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The number of English learner students in Indiana is increasing, but the number of number of certified English language instructors is not.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Claire McInerny visited the Community Schools of Frankfort, the district with the highest percentage of English learners in the state, and reports on the school's struggle to bridge the gap.