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6:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

IN Council for Economic Education

The Indiana Council for Economic Education (ICEE) is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The nonprofit organization's goal is to increase economic literacy in Indiana.

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Education
5:42 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Changes coming to the SAT

Changes are coming to the Scholastic Aptitude Test, more commonly known as the SAT.

The College Board has decided to make the essay portion of the exam optional beginning in Spring 2016.

That returns the highest possible score on the test to 1,600.

Purdue Dean of Admissions Pam Horne is the university’s representative on the College Board.

She says the changes are a result of conversations with both high school teachers and college faculty.

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Education
8:24 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Ivy Tech-Lafayette partners with St. Joseph's College to offer bachelor's degree program

Ivy Tech students will soon be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in business or accounting on the Lafayette campus.

The community college has entered into a partnership with St. Joseph’s College in Rensselear to allow Ivy Tech grads to transfer to Saint Joseph’s and complete a bachelor’s degree on the Ivy Tech campus.

Students entering the program this August would be enrolled as St. Joseph’s students and take classes at Ivy Tech taught by St. Joseph’s faculty.

Courses will be offered evenings twice a week.

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Education
11:41 am
Tue January 14, 2014

TSC granted waiver for one of three snow days

The Indiana Department of Education has approved the Tippecanoe School Corporation’s request to waiveone day of instructional time lost during the recent winter storm.

Students do not have to make up January 7th, but must make up January 8th and 9th.

TSC officials say the two days will be added to the end of the school year.

In a letter to the corporation, Director of the Office of School Accreditation George Frampton approved a waiver for January 7th based on historically low temperatures.

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Education
9:38 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Pre-K voucher program could cost IN $60M

One of Governor Mike Pence’s legislative priorities is passing a voucher-style pre-K program for four year olds. While there’s popular support for early learning among Hoosier lawmakers, it would not be cheap.

About 10,000 of the roughly 40,000 low-income kids who would qualify for state-funded preschool each year under Pence’s proposal are already enrolled in Head Start. And it’s unlikely that every one of the remaining 30,000 four year olds would participate, says Brookings Institute fellow Russ Whitehurst.

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Education
9:01 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Pence, Ritz agree to outside help

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.

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Education
8:46 am
Mon December 2, 2013

GED deadline approaching for IN test-takers

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.

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Education
9:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Conversation with Purdue's president for November

Purdue President Mitch Daniels
Credit Purdue University

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.

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Education
4:35 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Opinion shows SBOE did not violate Open Door Law

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.

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Education
12:08 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

TSC students' "first day" after tornadoes

Dr. Scott Hanback thanks members of the Lafayette Breakfast Optimist Club for their donation, among other school supplies donated for displaced classrooms.
Credit Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

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.”

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