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Rachel Morello

Rachel Morello is an education reporter for StateImpact Indiana, WFIU and WTIU News. She came to Bloomington after graduating from Northwestern University, where she studied multimedia journalism and political science. No matter what city she’s covering, you’re sure to find her sporting a Packers jersey and tuning into “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” You can follow her on Twitter @morellomedia.

Recent Posts by Rachel Morello

August 3, 2015


Patti Newell has been driving buses for the Monroe County Community School Corporation for 19 years. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Back To School: It’s Not Just For Students

Monday marks the first day of school for students and staff in many Indiana districts, including bus drivers who have been practicing their routes for weeks.

July 28, 2015


Doors already closed on one failing school in Gary when the State Board of Education voted to close Dunbar-Pulaski Middle School this past March. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Gary, Evansville Schools Put Improvement On The To-Do List

State Board of Education members will meet community leaders in Gary and Evansville to jumpstart improvement efforts for three schools in danger of failing.

July 28, 2015


Gov. Mike Pence speaks at the Charter Schools USA 2015 summit at The Weston in Indianapolis, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (Photo Credit: Eric Weddle/WFYI Public Media)

Pence Promises To ‘Expand Opportunities’ For Charter Schools

Gov. Mike Pence promised to expand opportunities for charter schools in a speech Tuesday at the conference of a private charter school company.

July 23, 2015


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Feds Grant Indiana Three-Year No Child Left Behind Waiver

The federal government has granted Indiana a three-year extension of its waiver, which exempts the state from certain provisions of the national law.

July 23, 2015


State officials hope a new law requiring colleges and universities to communicate with students about their debt repayments will make things easier on both parties. (Photo Credit: 401(K) 2012/Flickr)

Higher Ed Commission Joins Efforts To Reduce Student Debt

Indiana's Commission for Higher Education has released materials to help state universities communicate better with students about their debt loads.

July 22, 2015


State Superintendent Glenda Ritz faces the press following the official announcement of her run for governor. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

What Do Analysts Make of The Ritz For Governor Campaign?

State superintendent Glenda Ritz is facing a stumbling block in her gubernatorial campaign. Can she still regain footing to be competitive in the primary?

July 18, 2015


Indiana State Superintendent and gubernatorial candidate Glenda Ritz speaks to the press at the statehouse, following allegations her campaign violated election finance laws. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Ritz Corrects, Resubmits Erroneous Campaign Finance Report

Officials with State Superintendent Glenda Ritz's gubernatorial campaign say they have amended errors in the campaign's initial finance report.

July 13, 2015


The number of licenses the state issued to first year teachers in 2013-14 dropped by more than 60 percent from the 2009-10 school year. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Many Blame Low Pay, Discouraging Policy For Teacher Shortage

The number of first-time teaching licenses granted in Indiana has dropped by more than 60 percent in just the last five years.

July 10, 2015


Lawmakers in both the House and Senate are in the process of voting on separate rewrites for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. (Photo Credit: Rob Crawley/Flickr)

What’s The Status On No Child Left Behind?

Congress is making moves to rewrite the No Child Left Behind act – here's how talks are progressing, and what changes could mean for schools.

July 8, 2015


Building blocks were among wome of the new materials Tina Howell was able to purchase for her pre-k classroom at Brownstown Christian Daycare. (Photo Credit: Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

Final Countdown: Jackson County Readies For On My Way Pre-K

Jackson County, the only rural county selected for Indiana's On My Way Pre-K program, will launch its pilot efforts in just a few weeks.

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