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3:26 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Committee To Discuss Education Power Struggle Thursday

It's the latest discussion about who should wield educational clout in Indiana -- the state superintendent or the state board.
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The state House of Representatives is considering a bill that addresses the role the State Board of Education and Department of Education play in making education decisions. 

House Bill 1486 would shift education responsibilities from the Department of Education, headed by state superintendent Ritz, to the State Board of Education, which is made up of appointees from Governor Pence and former governor Mitch Daniels.

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Education
4:36 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Education Bill Proposes ISTEP Replacement

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The Senate may take up a bill to scrap Indiana schools’ state-mandated tests.

Sens. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) and Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) have proposed junking the Core 40 end-of-course assessments entirely, and replacing ISTEP with something shorter, cheaper, and easier to grade.

President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says students and teachers are frustrated with how much time is spent either taking tests or getting ready for them. And he says he‘s still hearing complaints from schools in his district about problems with McGraw-Hill‘s administration of ISTEP.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Charter School Efficacy Again In Question As Ball State Closes Schools

In the 2013-14 school year, Indiana opened 11 charter schools...and closed eight.
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In his State of the State address, Governor Mike Pence doubled down on the state’s efforts to be one of the nation’s leaders in the number of charter schools, saying he wants to even out the funding model so charters get more money relative to their traditional public school brethren.

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Education
4:12 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Some At Purdue Observe Moment Of Silence For Slain Student

The card reads, in part, "I thought to leave you flowers...the least I could do, I guess."
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A year to the day after an engineering student was murdered on campus, the Purdue community Thursday attempted to mark the event with a campus-wide moment of silence.

There were some solemn observances – but other areas appeared not to notice the anniversary at all.

Bell Tower Designated As Meeting Place

As the Purdue bell tower announced the arrival of the noon hour, a group of students and staff stood in the cold wind, looking up at the tower’s clock.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

More Daycare Providers Seeking State's Top Ranking

Charity Child Care, a provider in Indianapolis, is a Level 4 on the Paths To Quality system. Charity teachers worked with Tikila Welch, a PTQ coach, to get their national accreditation.
Credit Claire McInerny / StateImpact Indiana

If you are a parent, you know the battle with childcare: cost, quality and availability, to name a few. The state tries to make navigating that process simpler with its Paths to QUALITY ranking system for childcare and preschool providers.

It’s voluntary, but the number of providers seeking a ranking is increasing. Part of that is tied to an increase in federal funding and some of it has to do with the state’s preschool pilot program, which requires providers who accept the scholarships to be at a Level 3 or 4 on the Paths to QUALITY system.

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