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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz joined the conversation about how to make schools safer and more inclusive for all students when she attended a panel discussion last month on the subject at Bloomington High School South.

The Monroe County Community School Corporation recently updated its anti-discrimination policy to specifically prohibit discrimination or bullying based on a student’s gender identity.

There are no state regulations on anti-discrimination policies, so it’s left to individual districts, like MCCSC, to make those changes.

Test Experts' Warning: Replacing ISTEP Isn't A Quick Fix

Sep 30, 2015
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National education leaders are cautioning Indiana to think through any attempt to replace ISTEP with a new test.

Legislators have been reviewing whether switching to an off-the-shelf test would reduce the time students have to spend on exams.

The Senate passed a bill this year to dump the ISTEP and find a shorter test, but the House called for further study.

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Congresspeople liked the idea so much the first time he brought it up, they asked Mitch Daniels back to address it at length. 

Several months after casually mentioning individual investors might take on the cost of some students' educations, Purdue University President Mitch Daniels joined a conservative-leaning panel Wednesday to address a joint congressional committee about what he sees as the scourge of student loan debt.

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The second edition of a survey which measures how college inputs affect outputs later in life focuses on whether college costs change a person’s life.

The Gallup-Purdue Index asked 30,000 college graduates this year whether they thought what they paid for school was worth it.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski sat down with Gallup’s education polling head Brandon Busteed to talk about how he designs the survey, and how Purdue officials -- some of whom want to push back against student loans -- affect what questions are asked.

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Even though the average American student racks up $35,000 in college loan debt, the vast majority believe it’s worth it.

That’s the key finding among the 30,000 college grads polled in this year’s Gallup-Purdue Index.

More than three of every four grads agree or strongly agree their college’s cost did not outstrip the value of a diploma later in life.

Brandon Busteed, who lead’s Gallup’s education polling, says he’s surprised only 50-percent strongly agree with that.

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High school students in central Indiana's Shelby County will soon have the opportunity to attend community college locally for free. 

Both the Shelbyville City and County Councils unanimously approved a plan that will pay for two years at Ivy Tech Community College for local students who qualify – the first initiative of its kind in Indiana.

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It will take more than engineers to put men on Mars.

That was NASA administrator Charles Bolden’s response to Purdue’s “Systems Collaboratory” program during a recent trip to campus. The initiative is designed to broaden the scope of student understanding in areas other than their major.

For example, an engineer or agriculture student taking communication or political science classes to add what Purdue Provost Deba Dutta calls a “human element.”

Dutta says today’s industries want this type of educational diversity.

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Senate Democrats outlined a few initiatives Monday that aim to improve quality of life for Latinos in Indiana. 

One of the bills Senate Democrats want to pursue this session would grant in-state tuition for undocumented students who graduated from an Indiana high school after attending that school for at least three years.

Claire McInerny / StateImpact Indiana

Dual language immersion programs are catching on in Indiana’s schools.  The programs have been shown to increase test scores.

There are only a half dozen right now, but the state is investing $500,000 to launch five pilots this year.

StateImpact Indiana’s Claire McInerny explains how these programs function, by starting in one of the state’s oldest dual language programs.

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Plans are being made for a statewide precision agriculture center at Ivy Tech’s Terre Haute campus.

Ivy Tech already offers agriculture technician courses, training students to become IT specialists for a new age of GPS enabled farm equipment. This equipment lets farmers target the best spot in their fields to plant, spread extra fertilizer or use more herbicide.

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During his visit to Purdue Wednesday as part of his annual “Back to School” bus tour, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wove together the university’s recent initiatives with his own vision for education accessibility and affordability.

Duncan praised recent moves by the university and President Mitch Daniels such as instituting competency-based degrees, planning to open a charter school and offering a freeze on tuition.

Claire McInerny / StateImpact Indiana

The way to a meaningful college education is becoming increasingly complicated. The nation’s job force is demanding a college degree at the same time it’s becoming more and more expensive to get one.

Tuition is increasing and grants and financial assistance aren’t keeping pace. Young people are taking out thousands of dollars to get just a bachelor’s degree.

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There’s been much gnashing of teeth recently about the grades assigned to Indiana schools.

Some say a delay in releasing ISTEP scores should release schools from their letter grades this year.

Others say a loophole in state law forbids the state from assigning them this year. The state attorney general says there’s no problem at all. 

Here to attempt to sort out the mess are StateImpact Indiana reporters Claire McInerny and Rachel Morello.

Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder To Step Down

Sep 10, 2015
Indiana Public Media

Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder, who's led the statewide network of two-year schools since 2007, will retire next year.

The Ivy Tech Board of Trustees approved a transition contract today that lets Snyder step down about a year before his current contract ends in mid-2017.

Under Snyder’s eight-year tenure, Ivy Tech has become the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system.

Board Chairwoman Paula Hughes says details on a search committee to find a new president will be announced soon.

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As Indiana begins the transition to a new company to design and administer the ISTEP exam, legislators are discussing whether to scrap the test in favor of something shorter.

A bill to replace ISTEP with an off-the-shelf test passed the Senate before stalling in the House.