General News

Cursive Writing Debate Back At The Statehouse

Jan 4, 2018

The debate about teaching cursive to Hoosier kids has returned to the statehouse, and the lawmaker behind the cursive writing bill has shown no signs of backing down from the issue.

Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) has filed legislation every year since 2011 that would require elementary schools to teach cursive, and it’s died every year in the House of Representatives. But Leising says she won’t give up.

“I can’t hardly go anywhere in my district without someone speaking to me about ‘what are you doing about cursive? This is ridiculous,’” she says.

Hoosier Foster Youth Advocate For Others In The System

Dec 22, 2017

A group of former foster youth in Indiana work to give input for those currently in the system.

Drew David Nolan Sare, 19, sits on the Indiana Youth Advisory Board, a group of about 90 youth around the state who are or have been in the foster system. This year the board made a change in the delivery of Christmas gifts to boys at an Indianapolis group home.

“I think it was much better to wait and allow them to open it on Christmas Day so they had something there,” Sare says.

Indiana’s unemployment rate rebounded in November after four consecutive months of increases.

The Hoosier unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percent last month, down to 3.7 percent. That’s the first time since June it’s dropped.

Ten Point Coalition Expands To Indy's East Side

Dec 19, 2017

The Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition, a faith-based group that works to reduce violent crime, is expanding its efforts.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced last summer his office would fund new Ten Point coalitions across the state. Hill announced Tuesday the first batch of that seed money – $50,000 – will kickstart a program on Indianapolis' far east side.

A revenue forecast released Monday predicts Indiana will collect hundreds of millions of dollars less in taxes than previously expected over the next year and a half. But legislative fiscal leaders say it’s not time to panic.

AG Hill Calls Church Of Cannabis Lawsuit A Legal Stunt

Dec 18, 2017

Attorney General Curtis Hill says the First Church of Cannabis and its lawsuit against the state are a political crusade turned legal stunt.

IDOE Faces Special Education Funding Gap

Dec 15, 2017

The Indiana Department of Education is short on money to help schools provide additional special education services for the second year in a row. The department says an uptick in students with disabilities and increased service costs have squeezed that piece of the state budget about halfway through the fiscal year.

Hoosiers Numbers Up As ACA Enrollment Ends

Dec 14, 2017

Friday marks the last day Hoosiers can sign up for health insurance coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace.

A flux of people enrolled when the open enrollment started Nov. 1 despite a cut in promotional material.

The enrollment period was shorter this year as President Donald Trump scaled back parts of the Obama-era federal law. Still, early numbers show about 79,000 Hoosiers had picked a plan on the healthcare.gov website through last week. That’s compared to about 71,000 at the same time last year.

A new report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse finds teens are using many substances at historically low rates and Indiana teens are in line with national trends.

The annual Monitoring the Future study has tracked drug use trends for eighth, 10th and 12th graders for over 40 years.

Education Advocates Stress Importance Of Informed Care

Dec 14, 2017

Indiana lawmakers and state officials say addressing the state’s ongoing opioid addiction crisis is a top priority for 2018, and education advocates say those goals fit in with something teachers need to learn more about: trauma-informed care.

Advocates say stressed out students don’t absorb information well, and a parent’s drug problem is just one type of challenge that complicates a child’s ability to learn. That’s why the state’s largest teachers union plans to advocate for more teacher training on what’s called trauma-informed instruction.

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