Education news

IU President Proposes 2-Year Tuition Freeze

May 21, 2015
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Indiana University President Michael McRobbie is calling for a two-year tuition freeze for in-state students attending the university’s Bloomington campus. 

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says McRobbie’s proposal to freeze tuition for in-state students at the Bloomington campus and raise tuition by an average of 1.65% for the other regional campuses is in line with the recommendations the commission made last week.

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After only a year on the job, the State Board of Education‘s executive director is leaving. Robert Guffin announced he'll retire at the end of May. He leaves just as some members of the State Board might be leaving, too, as the board is overhauled under a law passed by the legislature this year.

Terre Haute Women-Only College Goes Co-Ed

May 19, 2015

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is opening its doors to undergraduate male students for the first time in its 175-year history.

The Terre Haute-area school’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to go co-ed after a year of debate. The decision was partially motivated by a survey that found less than 2-percent of young women are willing to consider attending a women-only college.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods President Dottie King says the school was not able to make a single-sex learning environment appealing to applicants, despite several attempts to do so.

Rachel Morello / StateImpact Indiana

Like many families, Indiana schools have to budget their expenses.

Instead of setting aside money for groceries, they budget for student lunches. In place of a mortgage, schools have to pay to upkeep their facilities.

But a school district rarely has a stable income. It depends on a lot of changing factors – like the number of students enrolled each year, whether voters approve a referendum agreeing to pay extra taxes, or how the state legislature decides to calculate state funding.

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Former Indiana state school superintendent Tony Bennett will not be charged in Marion County for any ethical violations that occurred while he was in office. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says despite rumors to the contrary, all allegations against Bennett have already been addressed by the State Ethics Commission.

Former Indiana State Inspector General David Thomas investigated Bennett’s administration in 2013, after the Associated Press published emails revealing that Bennett used state resources for his failed 2012 reelection campaign.

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Purdue President Mitch Daniels will ask the school's trustees to extend the school's tuition freeze and allocate 3.5-percent more for salaries in the coming year.

The requests are subject to trustee approval, but Daniels tells WBAA he doesn't expect any roadblocks.

Biggest Increase In The Big Ten?

The salary increase is considerably more than Purdue employees have received in recent years, but there are several conditions.

Claire McInerny / StateImpact Indiana

When a student gets an F in a class, they either have to retake the class or their GPA takes a hit.  When a school gets an F, the consequences are harsher.

After four consecutive years of failing grades, a charter school must go before the State Board of Education and develop an improvement plan which could include state takeover, assignment of a third party consultant or even closure.

Ritz Works To Make Clear Rule On New Grading System

May 7, 2015
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A vote to approve final rule language for the new A-F school grading system had been on the original agenda for Thursday’s meeting, following months of discussion and opportunities to hear public comment on the proposed changes.

But, the Department of Education presented about 20 additional edits Thursday morning – edits that some board members say they hadn’t seen before. 

Trend Continues As 12 Of 17 School Referenda Pass

May 6, 2015
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Trends in school-related voting held mostly true this election cycle, with education referenda questions passing in many districts. 

Thirteen Indiana school districts appealed to voters for their support in 18 separate referenda this spring. In total, thirteen measures passed and five failed.

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  The bill removing Glenda Ritz as chairman of the State Board of Education will also remove at least one board member, and possibly more. Ritz is the only elected member of the state board -- the governor appoints the other 10.

The old law said no more than six of those 10 could be from the same party. The new law cuts that number to five.

That will force the replacement of one of six Republicans on the board.   

The bill also shifts two of the governor‘s appointments to House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Senate President David Long (R-Fort Wayne).