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General Assembly Approves Single Diploma Bill

Mar 15, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

The General Assembly passed legislation to create a single high school diploma structure in Indiana.

It still allows for students to add distinctions for academic or technical honors to their diplomas.

Students Stage Walkout Across Indiana

Mar 14, 2018
Bethany Christian students gather in the gym lobby for a walkout in remembrance of the Parkland shooting, and to protest for gun law reform and safer schools. (Jennifer Weingart/WVPE)
Lauren Chapman

Students across Indiana joined a national walkout movement to protest federal inaction on preventing school shootings. They left classes at 10 a.m., for 17 minutes in recognition of the 17 students and faculty members who died in the Parkland, Florida, shooting.

The day of action also marks the final day of the 2018 legislative session.

State Estimates Fewer Hours For New Standardized Test

Mar 12, 2018

The standardized test that will replace Indiana's ISTEP will take students significantly less time to complete, according to estimates from the Indiana Department of Education.

Dyslexia Legislation Headed To The Governor

Mar 8, 2018
Jeanie Lindsay / IPB News

Advocates for dyslexia awareness say not enough teachers know how to identify and help students with the learning disability early on, but a bill the General Assembly approved this week aims to change that.

Senate Bill 217 amps up dyslexia screenings and intervention in Indiana schools. It requires each district, and the Indiana Department of Education, to hire a reading specialist, trained in identifying and teaching students with dyslexia.

School Funding Measure Nears Finish Line

Mar 8, 2018
Lauren Chapman / IPB News

As lawmakers close in on the end of the legislative session, they're working to finalize a bill that would address the state's school funding gap.

The school funding shortfall for this fiscal year is estimated at more than $22 million. The bill to address that shortfall would make up to $25 million from the state's reserve funds available to bridge the gap.

Purdue University

Purdue University has received final approval for its acquisition of Kaplan University, now known as Purdue University Global. 

The Higher Learning Commission, the institution’s accrediting body, gave the okay Monday.

Purdue’s acquisition of for-profit Kaplan has been marked with controversy ever since it was announced last April

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The state’s top education official plans to push for more policy and funding to improve school safety.

State officials and lawmakers say Indiana has strong school safety programs in place, but Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says there are still gaps.

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Another possible change to education law in Indiana addresses a unique need for some students with disabilities; one piece of a bill moving through the general assembly would allow private school students to attend the Indiana School for the Deaf.

Students with disabilities in non-pubic schools have something called Individualized Service Plans, or ISPs, and public school students with disabilities have something similar, called Individualized Education Plans, or IEPs. The Indiana School for the Deaf only accepts IEPs.

Girl Scouts Get First-Hand Engineering Experience

Feb 26, 2018
Jeanie Lindsay / IPB News

The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates around a quarter of STEM jobs are filled by women, but an event in south central Indiana this weekend aimed at giving Girl Scouts a chance to hone their inner-engineer.

An all-day event on Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus Saturday aimed to get girls excited about STEM through several activities and discussions with professionals in the field of engineering. Cook Medical, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, the Society of Women Engineers from Southwest Central Indiana, and other local community sponsors worked to put on the event.

Bill Aims To Improve DCS Communication With Schools

Feb 22, 2018
Lauren Chapman / IPB News

A bill passed through committee this week that aims to improve communications between schools, courts and the Department of Child Services.

The first part of the bill would require DCS to outline efforts to coordinate with a foster child’s school system. Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) authored the bill and says a case from his county highlights the problem.

"This child was 7-years-old and weighed 20 pounds and the only communication they had with the school was, here is the child," says Zay.

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