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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.

Voters Consider Extending West Lafayette School Tax

May 2, 2017
Chris Morisse Vizza/WBAA News

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.

Chris Morisse Vizza / WBAA News

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.

A new study from Ball State University underscores how higher education can boost wages – especially in certain parts of the state.

Its author, at the Center for Business and Economic Researcher, says the study suggests poorer counties have lots to gain from regional educational partnerships.

Graduate researcher Nathan Law found that since the recession, it’s been easier for Hoosiers with at least a bachelor’s degree to find full-time work.

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Fort Wayne could soon have Purdue University’s first and only school of music. That was a proposal made Friday by faculty and administrators at Indiana University--Purdue University Fort Wayne, which is in the process of being split into two universities.

K-12 Funding Inches Up In 2-Year Indiana Budget

Apr 23, 2017

Indiana schools will receive more money per student as part of a two-year state budget compromise hashed out between House and Senate lawmakers in the past few days.

Funding for education, which is more than half of the state’s $32 billion biennium spending plan, includes $345 million in new dollars for English-language learners, private school vouchers and a 1.6 percent increase in per-student funding in 2018 fiscal year. That will increase to 1.7 percent in 2019 fiscal year.

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