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.
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.
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.
Community members are showing their support for the Tippecanoe School Corporation after tornadoes and storms damaged two of its facilities.
“The outpouring of support and the donations – not only in supplies and money, but also the volunteer efforts – have just really been beyond belief,” says Dr. Scott Hanback, superintendent. “They’re continuous. They’re fast and furious, and we really appreciate that.”
Governor Mike Pence announced Friday that he’s asked a national group to facilitate a discussion “within the State Board of Education,” hoping to de-escalate the tensions among Indiana’s top education policymakers. Pence’s announcement comes two days after State Superintendent Glenda Ritz abruptly adjourned a meeting of the State Board without a vote.
The president of Wabash College is tapping a chemistry professor to be the institution’s next dean.
Dr. Gregory Hess named Dr. Scott Feller to the position, which serves as the chief academic officer. He will take on the role July 1, 2014, replacing Dr. Gary Phillips, who will return to the classroom as Professor of Religion after a sabbatical leave.
State superintendent Glenda Ritz abruptly ended a meeting of the State Board of Education without a vote Wednesday, but board members refused to leave. The tense situation is part of a power struggle between Ritz and the State Board for control of the state’s education agenda.
Directly at issue was a motion State Board member Brad Oliver offered during Wednesday’s meeting. He wanted to authorize staff for Governor Mike Pence’s newly-created education agency, which oversees the State Board, to take a formal role in reviewing the state’s academic standards.