Indiana State Board of Education

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As two seats sit vacant on Indiana’s education policy-creating body, the state’s highest-ranking education official is concerned.

As Gary Community Schools prepares for a state-hired emergency manager to take control, the seat on the state education board that represents the district remains vacant.

The same goes for East Chicago Schools as it faces a lead contamination crisis in the community.

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act mandates how states’ hold their schools accountable.

This fall the Indiana Department of Education will submit its plan as required by the law for how to will improve graduation rates, increase English-language proficiency and offer help to the lowest-performing schools – among many other issues.

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The Indiana State Board of Education this week will hold public hearings at two failing schools in Northwest Indiana to determine the future of the schools.

Beveridge Elementary School in Gary, and Joseph L. Block Junior High in East Chicago received five consecutive ratings of F on the state’s annual A-F grading system.

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The number of English learner students in Indiana is increasing, but the number of number of certified English language instructors is not.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Claire McInerny visited the Community Schools of Frankfort, the district with the highest percentage of English learners in the state, and reports on the school's struggle to bridge the gap.

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A charter school company contacted by the state to turnaround three former Indianapolis schools told the State Board of Education today that a reduction in funding could soon impact students’ academic progress.

In 2014, the Florida-based Charter Schools USA protested the state's decision to reduce its funding for the three struggling schools. Since then, the amount of school improvement grants has continued to shrink.

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The State Board of Education voted Wednesday, after rounds of public input and months of study, to not move forward with a re-write of the state’s graduation requirements.

When the State Board of Education first took up the issue of re-writing the state’s diplomas last fall, they were inundated with concerns. Many of these focused on math, fine arts and special education. 

The board created a task force, comprised mostly of educators, to spend more time coming up with the new diploma types.

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The State Board of Education released A-F grades for school corporations at its monthly meeting Wednesday, which reflect the hold harmless approach the board approved last week.

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Public hearings are expected to start next month on the future of four long-troubled schools under state intervention.

All are in the fifth year of turnaround efforts by the State Board of Education and have been run by a charter school company picked by the board since 2012.

The board now must decide if the schools are returned to their home school corporation, changed into a charter school or some other combination of those options.

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Like most high school freshmen, Nash Huffman goes back and forth on what he wants to be when he grows up.

A job at the hospital in his hometown of Noblesville interests him, but today, he really has a knack for reporting, using my microphone to interview his parents:

“So Mommy, tell me about your fears!” he asks his mother, Jan.

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The State Board of Education voted to rework proposed high school diploma changes at its meeting Wednesday.

After hours of public testimony last week criticizing many of the new diploma requirements continued at Wednesday’s meeting, the board voted to create a new committee to rework the new graduation requirements.

Much of the criticism focused on the lack of requirements for fine arts classes as well as struggles special education students might face under new graduation demands, among others.

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