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Latasha Marshall waits for a cab. She sits in the lobby of a Hilton Garden Inn, which serves as her living room this week.

The Environmental Protection Agency put her up for the week so the agency can deep clean her home; it tested for high levels of lead.

"The other night when we first got here, I went to sleep and I woke up and I was at ease,” Marshall says. “I haven’t been sleeping like that at home."

Once it’s clean, she can return with her daughters, ages 11, 16 and 17, but not to stay.

Peter Balonon-Rosen, Indiana Public Broadcasting

Public schools in Indiana serve about 2,400 students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Of those students a growing number now use cochlear implants, small medical devices that stimulate nerves in the inner ear and give a sense of hearing.

As technology develops, and cochlear implants become more common, many public schools are still working to catch up.

East Chicago School Receives Disaster Relief Loan

Sep 15, 2016
Claire McInerny

State officials have loaned the school district $3 million to support its response to the ongoing lead contamination crisis.

East Chicago’s Carrie Gosch elementary school sits next to soil that contains staggering levels of lead. That’s a major health threat that can harm children’s brain development.

So, as a safety measure, district officials moved about 450 elementary students to an abandoned middle school across – and rushed to renovate it before school began.

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Indiana’s Republican congressional delegation has filed legislation to help veterans who were students at ITT Technical Institute when the for-profit college suddenly shut down last week.

U.S. Rep. Luke Messer says the intent is to fully restore GI Bill educational benefits to students attending a college or university that closes.

Student veterans could then apply to a new school with full benefits.

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State higher education and workforce officials are promoting ways to aid students and employees displaced by the sudden shutdown of the for-profit ITT Technical Institute.

A small group of public and private colleges say they’ll give discounts and evaluate credits earned by ITT students to help them finish degrees or transfer to another program.

Ivy Tech Community College won’t accept ITT credits but President Sue Ellspermann says it and other colleges will consider various options.

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Across the nation, non-white students are underrepresented in accelerated learning programs, and Indiana is no exception. But narrowing the so-called “achievement gap” requires more than getting children into a gifted classroom.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, even though non-white students make up close to 30 percent of enrollment in Indiana public schools, only 19 percent of that demographic is enrolled in gifted education.

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The Carmel-based company that operates ITT Technical Institutes announced Tuesday that all of their campuses will close, following a set of crippling federal sanctions.

The U.S. Department of Education banned the for-profit college chain from enrolling new students who depend on federal aid, the source of most of the company’s revenue, citing failures of financial responsibility and federal fraud charges.

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The Republican challenger of democratic state superintendent Glenda Ritz wants authorities to investigate an education department contract that’s recently come under fire.

Jennifer McCormick is calling the inspector general to investigate a 2015 contract for an education department mobile app.

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The Purdue Board of Trustees met Friday, where President Mitch Daniels gave his end-of-the-year report and the Board approved an increased cost on faculty health care premiums.


Purdue University set several records this year with its incoming freshman class, research funding, technology transfer and donations.

But Daniels says there’s still a way to go.

Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

A panel of school leaders and state education experts met for the first time on Monday to map Indiana’s path to compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act. The federal government passed ESSA earlier this year, replacing No Child Left Behind.

ESSA requires states submit their plans to meet the new benchmarks. State superintendent Glenda Ritz assembled the 15-person panel to create recommendations for this plan.

It includes state goals for various education factors, including English language instruction, graduation rates, and student achievement on state tests.