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Education
12:46 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Indiana Afterschool Network Receives $1 Million Lilly Grant

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Indiana afterschool programs are receiving a boost with the help of a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, which will be used to create an online training program for Hoosier youth workers and expand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiatives.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Show Me The Money: Fundraising Efforts For On My Way Pre-K

The Pre-K pilot will begin in January, and fundraising efforts have proven to be a challenge for some of the counties.
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The state’s new preschool pilot program, On My Way Pre-K, launches in January in four of the five pilot counties.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Education Leaders Wait For Fallout From CECI Dissolution

Governor Mike Pence created CECI, which competed with Superintendent Glenda Ritz for power, and then dissolved it as he asked for Ritz's position to be appointed, rather than elected.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Pence is dissolving his education agency, the Center for Education and Career Innovation. The news came as a surprise to many in the education field because “CECI”, as it's called, was the governor’s brainchild.

Since its creation last year, CECI has overseen staff for the State Board of Education, the group responsible for creating policies that affect thousands of students across the state.

But some people aren’t sure whether this move is enough to help board members cooperate and accomplish their goals.

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Education
10:50 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Deadline Approaching To Apply For Free PreKindergarten Program

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Monday is the deadline for families to apply for Indiana‘s first state-funded, free pre-kindergarten program.

Marni Lemons with Indiana Family and Social Services Administration says “On My Way Pre-K” is starting in January as a pilot program in Allen, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh Counties.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for low-income families with 4-year-old children who will start kindergarten in the fall to give them a bit of a head start at no cost to them," she says.

Lemon says Jackson County will join the others and be fully-operational by the fall of 2015.

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Education
10:36 am
Fri December 12, 2014

State Budget Committee Questions Cost Of Education Testing

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz appeared before the State Budget Committee Thursday to present her department's request for 2015.
Credit Rachel Morello / http://www.ipbs.org/

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz outlined the Department of Education’s proposed budget Thursday to the state budget committee.

The main concern of committee members was the cost of testing.

Ritz’s proposal included a request for $65 million dollars for testing and remediation.

State education leaders are still in the process of creating a new assessment for the 2015-16 school year. That test will align with state-specific academic standards schools began implementing this year.

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