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Purdue President Mitch Daniels Thursday attempted, to the Purdue Senate, to defend his school’s decision to buy online education provider Kaplan.

Daniels says much of the reporting of the merger has been fraught with inaccuracies, including that Kaplan University is currently subject to student lawsuits.

Daniels took questions from the faculty and says success for the merger means thousands more degrees are awarded in the next 5-10 years and the deal becomes a significant revenue source for Purdue.

Sanctuary Campuses Now Banned Under Indiana Law

May 3, 2017

Indiana has officially outlawed so-called sanctuary campuses, colleges and universities that pledge they won’t share anyone’s immigration status with federal authorities.

A bill signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb bans higher education institutions from officially pledging non-cooperation with immigration authorities. If one does, the state would be able to file a civil suit and a court could enjoin the institution.

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The West Lafayette Community School Corporation will continue to collect an extra property tax thanks to the overwhelming majority of voters who cast ballots in Tuesday’s referendum.

Of the 2,233 ballots cast, 2,105 voters chose to continue paying an additional 37 cents per $100 of property valuation. There were 128 "No" votes.

Purdue economist and tax policy researcher Larry DeBoer says the 94 percent passage rate is the largest percentage of "Yes" votes in any Indiana education referendum.

 

Alex Rodriguez dials an unfamiliar number on his cell phone.

“Yes?,” a voice on the other end answers. On speakerphone, the phone booms inside Rodriguez’s parked silver Ford Escape.

“This is Alex,” Rodriguez says. “I’m on the way to your home so that I can complete the enrollment for the kids.”

An estimated 3 million migrant workers travel the nation each year, following work. Depending on the season, Indiana farms employ between 2,000 and 20,000. And like anyone in the nation under 22, migrant workers and children are entitled by law to an education.

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Voter turnout has been slow, but steady for Tuesday’s ballot question on extending an extra property tax for the West Lafayette Community Schools.

Sporting shimmering red athletic shoes, a red coat, gray sweater and gray and red ball cap, Superintendent Rocky Killion was the embodiment of a Red Devil fan.  

It’s what he wears to school on Fridays – spirit days – and game days. 

This morning on WBAA's Wake-Up Call, a conversation with Andrew Rosen, Chairman and CEO of Kaplan, Inc.

The interview was recorded following last week's following  announcement that Purdue University is acquiring the online institution’s academic assets, including 32,000 students, 3,000 employees and 15 campuses and learning centers.

Rosen joined Kaplan in 1992, and has been responsible for the company’s technology growth, geographic expansion and focus on student success and outcomes.

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Early voting on a funding question benefiting West Lafayette schools ended Monday at noon and has, so far, garnered little interest.

But election officials say that may be because there appears to be so little opposition to it.

County Clerk Christa Coffey says landlords – who’d have to pay increased property taxes on all their buildings if the vote passes Tuesday – are more ambivalent now than they were seven years ago when voters approved the first tax hike.

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  School districts across the state are once again asking voters to help fund public schools, with nine districts asking for property tax increases Tuesday.

School districts can ask voters through a ballot referenda process to raise property taxes to help fund their schools. Basically, the ballot question asks voters to pay more in property taxes so the schools have more funding.

Holcomb Signs Indiana Pre-K Bill Into Law

Apr 27, 2017

With little fanfare, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill Wednesday that will expand Indiana’s pre-K pilot program.

The new plan will expand state-funded preschool to 20 counties, tie it to the state’s private school voucher program and include a controversial option for online preschool.

Currently, the $10 million state-funded On My Way Pre-K program serves around 2,000 low-income students in five counties. Expanding preschool access in Indiana has been a key goal of lawmakers this session, including Holcomb.

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Purdue University Trustees have announced the school plans to acquire the university wing of online educator and testing company Kaplan.

At a special meeting of the trustees Thursday morning, Purdue President Mitch Daniels noted the state’s brain drain – which he was unable to address as governor – continues, with one-in-three Hoosiers having no post-secondary education.

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