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Indiana’s Republican congressional delegation has filed legislation to help veterans who were students at ITT Technical Institute when the for-profit college suddenly shut down last week.

U.S. Rep. Luke Messer says the intent is to fully restore GI Bill educational benefits to students attending a college or university that closes.

Student veterans could then apply to a new school with full benefits.

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State higher education and workforce officials are promoting ways to aid students and employees displaced by the sudden shutdown of the for-profit ITT Technical Institute.

A small group of public and private colleges say they’ll give discounts and evaluate credits earned by ITT students to help them finish degrees or transfer to another program.

Ivy Tech Community College won’t accept ITT credits but President Sue Ellspermann says it and other colleges will consider various options.

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Across the nation, non-white students are underrepresented in accelerated learning programs, and Indiana is no exception. But narrowing the so-called “achievement gap” requires more than getting children into a gifted classroom.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, even though non-white students make up close to 30 percent of enrollment in Indiana public schools, only 19 percent of that demographic is enrolled in gifted education.

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The Carmel-based company that operates ITT Technical Institutes announced Tuesday that all of their campuses will close, following a set of crippling federal sanctions.

The U.S. Department of Education banned the for-profit college chain from enrolling new students who depend on federal aid, the source of most of the company’s revenue, citing failures of financial responsibility and federal fraud charges.

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The Republican challenger of democratic state superintendent Glenda Ritz wants authorities to investigate an education department contract that’s recently come under fire.

Jennifer McCormick is calling the inspector general to investigate a 2015 contract for an education department mobile app.

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The Purdue Board of Trustees met Friday, where President Mitch Daniels gave his end-of-the-year report and the Board approved an increased cost on faculty health care premiums.

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Purdue University set several records this year with its incoming freshman class, research funding, technology transfer and donations.

But Daniels says there’s still a way to go.

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A panel of school leaders and state education experts met for the first time on Monday to map Indiana’s path to compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act. The federal government passed ESSA earlier this year, replacing No Child Left Behind.

ESSA requires states submit their plans to meet the new benchmarks. State superintendent Glenda Ritz assembled the 15-person panel to create recommendations for this plan.

It includes state goals for various education factors, including English language instruction, graduation rates, and student achievement on state tests.

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A panel of school leaders and state education experts met for the first time on Monday to map Indiana’s path to compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act. The federal government passed ESSA earlier this year, replacing No Child Left Behind.

ESSA requires states submit their plans to meet the new benchmarks. State superintendent Glenda Ritz assembled the 15-person panel to create recommendations for this plan.

It includes state goals for various education factors, including English language instruction, graduation rates, and student achievement on state tests.

Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

The Indiana Department of Education has asked for a $600 million increase in funding from the Legislature for the 2017 fiscal year. Officials say the funds are necessary to expand state-funded pre-k for all kids, increase tuition support for all schools and bump up funding for small, rural schools.

The 2017 General Assembly, which convenes in January, will craft a two-year budget. Typically, money allocated for education is over half of the state’s budget.

New Coalition Pushes To Expand State-Funded Pre-K

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A coalition of business, government, education and philanthropic leaders say they are determined to push state lawmakers to expand state-funded preschool in the upcoming legislative session.

“All IN 4 Pre-K” is a new advocacy group that includes Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, outgoing Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Early Learning Indiana

Lechleiter says the state's pre-k pilot program is not enough to meet demand.

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