General News

Public Schools Compete For Enrollment

Jan 18, 2018

Indiana’s Department of Education released enrollment numbers last week showing competition for students between districts is heating up.


A House committee heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that would help the state identify schools facing financial problems, but the bill has already been met with criticism. Both Gary and Muncie Schools were taken over by the state last year after their finances reached crisis levels.

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Community leaders and immigrant advocates gathered yesterday to voice concerns regarding CoreCivic’s proposal to build a hundred million dollar immigration detention center for Immigration Customs Enforcement in Elkhart County.

Community organizer Richard Aguirre says the event was intended to send not only a strong message of opposition to CoreCivic’s proposal and but also a message of unity amongst diverse segments of the community.

Below is a list of school closures for Friday, January 12, due to inclement weather conditions. There are many additional school closures in the listening area, so make sure to check relevant websites and social media, or contact your local school or organization for updates. 

Lafayette First Baptist Church: no CCS

Lafayette School Corporation: closed 

North Montgomery School Corporation: closed 

Rossville Schools: closed, e-learning day 

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Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are working on a program with community college students found those who receive mentorship support had a greater chance of completing an associates degree than those who didn’t.

Bills Would Allow In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students

Jan 5, 2018

Two bills filed in the Indiana General Assembly would give different ways for immigrants who graduate from an Indiana high school to be eligible for in-state tuition.

Since 2011 Indiana makes immigrant students who cannot prove state residency pay the more expensive out-of-state tuition rate. It is one of three states with this requirement.

Sen. Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) says Senate Bill 319 would help with a priority of the Republican supermajority: to better prepare students for jobs.

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.