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Peter Balonon-Rosen / IPBS

Lawmakers are giving mixed input on a bill about teacher licensing waivers, and members of a House committee shared concerns about the proposal during a meeting Thursday.

Lawmakers Weigh New School Coalition Pilot Program

Feb 19, 2018
Lauren Chapman / IPB News

School coalitions could become a new feature of the state's education system, as lawmakers consider another pilot program to better prepare students for life after high school.

The bill making its way through the general assembly would allow some school corporations to form a sort of mega think-tank, or coalition. A big focus would be on offering more, better workplace learning programs, but would also include paths for students to earn higher education credits.

Girls Go CyberStart Competition Kicks Off Next Week

Feb 13, 2018
Courtesy girlsgocyberstart.com

A multi-state effort aimed at getting more women in the cybersecurity career pipeline comes to the web this month.

High school girls from 16 states will participate in the six-day program Girls Go CyberStart starting next week. It's an online series of challenges to test a participant's interest and potential in the cybersecurity field, and includes activities around web attacks, programming, and computer forensics.

Efforts For Lower School Age Fail In 2018 Session

Feb 8, 2018

Legislation to lower the age at which Hoosier children must attend school failed in the General Assembly again this year, but the conversation isn’t likely to end any time soon.

Senate Approves Workforce Development Legislation

Feb 6, 2018

Tuesday was the last day for lawmakers in the Senate to pass bills through the chamber, and their agenda included legislation to amp up workforce development in schools.

Highlights of the workforce development bill include the creation of a new role, the Secretary of Workforce Training, appointed by the governor. The secretary would also head a new State Board for Technical Education, which will work in addition to the State Department of Education, and existing Board of Education.

Single Diploma Measure Moves Through House

Feb 5, 2018

Monday marks the last day for Indiana lawmakers to move legislation out of the House of Representatives, and a handful of education measures received approval.

One of those bills, House Bill 1426, would address a change in federal graduation rate calculations. It would create a single high school diploma structure to meet those federal rules, and is a welcome solution to a problem many state and school officials have shared concern over in recent months.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

This week marks one year since St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer announced it would be suspending operations. School officials say the college – as it was – is dead. And it’s still uncertain if – or how – the college might reopen.

Just a year ago, students were shuffling to and from class under the towering chapel on the St. Joseph’s campus. It’s since fallen silent.

A greater push for STEM education is setting the tone for many of this year’s legislative agendas, and part of that push is a bill in the House that would make it possible for elementary school teachers to earn a special license in math.

Ball State University professor Sheryl Stump says it’s an incentive for educators to learn more about and better teach the subject.

“According to the needs and plans of their school districts, they could continue to work primarily with students, or they could work as mathematics coaches or teacher leaders,” she says.

Senate Committee Moves Dyslexia Bill Forward

Jan 24, 2018

A senate committee wrapped up a two-day discussion Wednesday, on a bill that would provide additional dyslexia screening for students and training for teachers.

Many parents who support SB 217 say dyslexia can cause students to fall years behind in reading. Patricia Truelove from Mooresville is a mom of three, and she says this type of legislation could have helped her daughter.

A heated debate broke out during a House committee’s discussion of a new graduation pathways bill Tuesday, as one lawmaker tried to make a big change to the legislation.

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