5:38 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Purdue Efforts To Improve PreK Offerings On Military Bases Could Have Universal Applications

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More than 500,000 children ages five and younger have parents on active military duty for the United States.

The Department of Defense wants to make sure they have access to quality early childhood education.

Purdue is helping the DoD identify any gaps in services and develop a universal curriculum for all of its preschool programs.

The Department of Defense maintains the largest employer-sponsored child care system in the world.

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8:07 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Lawmakers Still Negotiating Details Of Bills To Oust Ritz As State Board Chair

State superintendent Glenda Ritz currently serves as the chair of the State Board of Education, but if Senate Bill 1 goes forward that would no longer be the case.
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Legislation to remove Glenda Ritz as chair of the State Board of Education may expand to address other tension points between the board and the superintendent.

Senate President David Long says House and Senate negotiators have talked with Ritz‘s office while seeking what he calls a "holistic fix" to the turf battles which have plagued the board.

"There's only one thing people focus on and that's the chairmanship," says Long. "But for the board to work effectively it must have the information it needs on our outcomes out there to help guide the policy."

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4:58 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

ISTEP To Be Studied, Rather Than Replaced In Budget

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The ISTEP exam will survive another year, after a legislative flirtation with replacing it.

The Senate twice passed bills to get rid of ISTEP in favor of a shorter and cheaper national test, amid estimates, since scaled back, that a revised ISTEP would cost $67 million a year. The legislation appeared to gain momentum in February with the announcement that this year‘s test would take 12 hours.

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8:25 am
Tue April 21, 2015

New Campaign Aims To Give College Students Intern Experience

Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers
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A national survey of college students and hiring managers shows 80 percent of employers want new hires to have completed an internship…but only eight percent of students say they’ve invested time in those opportunities.  The Commission for Higher Education launched an initiative Monday aimed at improving Indiana’s talent pipeline.

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1:13 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

School Closing Forces Gary Community To Look For Solutions

Dunbar/Pulaski Academic & Career Academy, Gary, Indiana.
Credit Rachel Morello / StateImpact Indiana

“Everybody wants to pick on poor, little Gary, Indiana.”

Robert Crawford is a lifelong Gary resident. He attended classes in the Gary Community School Corporation when he was a kid – roaming some of the same hallways that his sixth grade daughter now frequents.

But the school district looks a lot different now than it did in Crawford’s day.

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