9:57 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Messer To Present Student Data Privacy Bill

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, passed in the 1970s, protects student data. The law applies mainly to student records owned by a school. But as textbooks, standardized tests and homework assignments all move online, third party companies that provide these online education services gain access to student data.

That information could include anything from a student’s grades, demographic information or performance on certain activities.

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4:46 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Supreme Court Rules Schools Not Required To Offer Transportation

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The Indiana Supreme Court upheld a trial court’s decision that schools are not required by the state constitution to provide transportation for students. 

Indianapolis' Franklin Township Schools stopped providing transportation for a year in 2011 in wake of a $16 million budget shortfall. Instead they hired a private company to bus students to and from school -- for a fee.

Parents filed a class-action lawsuit, in part arguing that the Indiana Constitution prohibits a school corporation from discontinuing busing.  

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10:52 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Schools Statewide Suffering Substitute Shortages

Each year, there are fewer education majors at Indiana colleges.
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Many school corporations say they’re now struggling find substitute teachers. It’s a trend in school districts across the county, but recent changes in the Hoosier education landscape make it a special challenge in Indiana.

Experts speculate that low pay, irregular employment patterns and poor training all contribute to the shortage of qualified substitute teachers.

Others argue the pool of candidates has shrunk because fewer college students today study to become teachers.

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5:00 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Some Universities Scare Students Into Monitoring Debt

Indiana University sends letters to its students letting them know just how much their student loan debt is going to cost them.
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Indiana University senior Kathryn Johnson figured out last year that she wanted to be a nurse. Her dad was hospitalized and she was fascinated by what she learned from the nurses.

"The more I talked to them and how they radiate positivity even when everything seemed so dark and dire and serious I really appreciated how professional they could be and how uplifting they could be," Johnson says.

It’s obvious Johnson has the positivity she admired in other nurses. But get her talking about her student loans and that optimism vanishes.

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5:56 am
Thu March 19, 2015

State And Federal Legislation Addresses Student Debt Literacy

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While the cost of college across the country has been going up, so has the average amount of student loan debt.  Legislation in both the state and federal governments is now looking at educating students who borrow money for college about just how big their burden is. 

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