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Education
6:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: Ebola And State Ed. Funding

With $2 billion in the bank, does the state really need budget reversions from its public universities?
Credit Purdue University

As the 2015 Indiana legislative session approaches, education leaders around the state are readying their pitches for a group of lawmakers charged with writing a budget as they sit on a $2 billion dollar surplus – a surplus everyone has suggestions on to spend.

In his monthly conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski asks if there’s a way to stop the practice of colleges giving money back to the state.

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Education
6:32 am
Mon October 27, 2014

New ISTEP: No Yellow Pencils Or Multiple-choice Questions

Students are increasingly learning on computers and taking standardized tests on them.
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Ian Fernandez and his mom, Karen, sit at their kitchen table going over his math assignment for the night.

Fernandez is a fifth grader at Child’s Elementary School in Bloomington, and his math worksheet is something most of us would recognize; lists of number expressions looking for solutions, or diagrams of shapes with labeled edges that help students find the area and perimeter.

Ian is comfortable doing these problems but then I show him and Karen some practice questions for this year’s fifth grade math ISTEP.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

State Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case About School Bus Fees

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A lawsuit over whether school districts can charge parents fees for transportation will go before the Indiana Supreme Court.   The state Court of Appeals transferred the case involving Franklin Township Schools to the state Supreme Court, though it isn‘t clear whether the court will agree to hear the case. In June, the appeals court reversed a verdict from a Marion County Superior Court judge, ruling that charging fees for busing was unconstitutional.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Grant Will Allow Purdue To Study, Improve Active Learning Techniques

Purdue Chemistry professor Marcy Towns helps a student work on problems during class.
Credit Charlotte Tuggle/WBAA News / http://wbaa.org/

Purdue has spent the last few years transforming more than 100 classes from the traditional lecture/note taking format to one that is more collaborative.

University officials say they already know the Active Learning model improves student retention, success and completion rates.

But a $2.3-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education will fund a scientific study to show why the strategy is successful.

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Education
4:35 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

State Board Of Ed. Delays Release Of Schools' A-F Grades

Schools will have to wait another three weeks to find out their grades.
Credit West Lafayette Community School Corporation

The state‘s A-to-F grades for schools will not be made public this month after all.

The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to delay the release of the grades for the 2013-14 school year after a heated discussion involving appeals of grades filed by a handful of schools. The grades are now scheduled to be released at the next state board meeting on Nov. 5.

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