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The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released its 2016 State Preschool Yearbook Wednesday, which shows Indiana’s early childhood education efforts don’t match those of other states, but recent legislation shows improvements in how the state funds preschool.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited a high-performing private Indianapolis high school Tuesday, where nearly every student receives a voucher. She toured Providence Cristo Rey High School on a fact-finding mission and meet students and staff.

DeVos’ school visit follows a Monday speech in Indianapolis where she alluded to “an ambitious” federal expansion of school choice. DeVos did not lay out details of what a federal program could look like.

More than 700 Indiana students received a certificate of multilingual proficiency from the state, meaning the students are proficient in two languages.

The Department of Education awarded this certificate, and this is the first cohort of students receiving the recognition.

Ex-Indiana Schools Chief Opens School Board Consulting Business

May 22, 2017

Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s former Superintendent of Public Instruction, will soon work on education matters in a new role. She now leads Advancing Public Schools as president and CEO.

The company’s mission is “dedicated to advancing the nation’s public school system through partnerships with local school boards in the areas of advocacy and literacy,” according to their website.

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As two seats sit vacant on Indiana’s education policy-creating body, the state’s highest-ranking education official is concerned.

As Gary Community Schools prepares for a state-hired emergency manager to take control, the seat on the state education board that represents the district remains vacant.

The same goes for East Chicago Schools as it faces a lead contamination crisis in the community.

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Purdue Aviation has entered a deal with a regional commercial airline to start training pilots.

Students in the PSA Airlines Cadet Program would spend a year taking classes and accruing hours of flight time through Purdue Aviation, which is separate from Purdue University’s teaching core. At the end of the program, pilots would receive certifications.

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Faculty members are poring over past academic records to investigate whether grade inflation occurs at Purdue.

Agriculture professor Levon Esters says the investigation came at the urging of Purdue President Mitch Daniels.

Esters says besides GPA records, the investigative committee has to consider other factors that could be affecting grades – such as Purdue’s changing approach to student academic services, or increased parent involvement.

 

Reagan Roush likes things spicy.

“When I make Mexican ground beef, I add an onion and a green pepper and three habanero peppers,”  Roush says, with a smile. “And yes, it is hot.”

For Roush, who is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, cooking is more than just the steps to a tasty meal. To him, it’s a sign he’s moving toward his ultimate goal: independence.

6 Questions To Ask About The Purdue-Kaplan Deal

May 10, 2017

So, there’s been some big news going around the higher education world this past week. In a nutshell: Indiana’s Purdue University will acquire the for-profit Kaplan University, which operates primarily online.

Since this news broke, there’s been plenty of speculation about what it means when a public research university acquires a for-profit entity: Is this a way for a public research university to reach more students? Is this a way that a for-profit college can operate in “stealth mode?”

We take a look at the biggest questions surrounding the move:

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Purdue University’s office of the dean of students received more than 300 reports of academic dishonesty this year.

About 7-percent of academic dishonesty complaints came from the school’s newly-implemented integrity hotline. Associate Dean of Students Jeff Stefancic says there was student demand for a line to contact the office about cheating concerns.

He says he hopes that attitude, plus an improved student-led honor pledge, will promote an academically honest campus culture.

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