3:49 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

IU Holds Active Shooter Drill To Plan For Florida State-style Event

IU Police arrive on the scene of Tuesday's active shooter training on the Bloomington campus.
Credit Casey Kuhn / Indiana Public Broadcasting

In the wake of campus shootings at Purdue and Florida State Universities this year, Indiana University Tuesday held an exercise for the first time, designed to simulate an active shooter on campus.

Parts of campus were blocked off, a building was shut down and two police departments responded to a drill meant to prepare the campus in case of an armed individual.

About 150 people were involved in the drill including university police, Bloomington police and fire departments, and IU emergency management.

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4:30 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

State Supreme Court Weighing Costs Of School Busing

The case came about after an Indianapolis district tried to make parents pay extra for their kids' bus rides to school.
Credit Larry Darling /

Does the Indiana Constitution require public schools to offer free transportation to their students?  That’s the question being considered by the state Supreme Court. 

Indianapolis' Franklin Township school system eliminated its busing service three years ago, saying property tax caps had squeezed the school corporation’s finances. 

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4:26 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Education Leaders: Nothing Succeeds Without Family Engagement

Schools are encouraging parents, more than ever, to model the behaviors a student sees in the classroom in the home as well.
Credit Roger Lawrence /

As an education reporter in Indiana, I talk to a lot different people about education issues: politicians, teachers, parents, state agency employees and kids explain their opinions on everything from pre-k to standardized testing.

No matter what problem we’re talking about, everyone cites one thing as a solution: family engagement.

So everyone agrees, as soon as a child is born, parents should be involved. But how exactly does that help them learn?

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3:16 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Indiana Superintendents Meet With President Obama On Tech

The school district leaders say technology allows students to reach beyond the classroom to learn.
Credit Brad Flickinger /

Eight Indiana school superintendents are meeting with President Obama to spotlight the ways they‘ve incorporated technology into the classroom.

The superintendents are among 117 nationwide invited to a White House summit to compare notes on how they‘ve used computers and other devices to make teaching more effective.

Yorktown Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says her district is using software in areas from teaching kindergarteners to read to advanced-placement chemistry.

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1:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: India And At-Risk Pay

Purdue's president says he'd like more students to intern in countries with radically different cultures.
Credit Purdue University

Purdue’s President is teaching a class for the first time this semester. But recently, it was he who got a grade – an 88%, about a B+ -- from the university’s board of trustees for the metrics which affect his merit pay.

On this month’s conversation with Mitch Daniels, we ask if his grade was fair and how he evaluates his own performance.

We also chat about India – it’s a huge market and one Purdue already has connections to through its student base and some of its top administrators. But not that many American students intern there.

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