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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

December 18, 2014


Eighty of the 317 schools that take part in Indianaâs voucher system will return money they were overpaid by the state.

Private Schools To Return Almost $4 Million In Voucher Funds

Eighty of Indiana's non-public charter schools will repay the state nearly $4 million they received due to a mistake in voucher cost calculations.

December 16, 2014


The FSSA received more than 1600 applications from families interested in participating in the On My Way Pre-K pilot program.

Overwhelming Family Interest In ‘On My Way Pre-K’ Pilot

Family applications for the pre-k pilot program have been counted, and families will be notified if they've been awarded grant money by next week.

December 15, 2014


Families in four counties have until 4:30 p.m. to apply for the first wave of the state's pre-k pilot program.

Monday Marks Deadline To Apply For On My Way Pre-K Pilot

Monday is the deadline for families in Allen, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties to apply to On My Way Pre-K, the state’s preschool pilot program.

December 12, 2014


Along with her colleagues, Claire Fiddian-Green, co-director of the Center for Education and Career Innovation, will be moving out of the agency when it formally disbands Feb. 20.

Here’s What Will Happen With CECI Duties, Personnel

Even though the governor disbanded his education agency, the group's responsibilities live on. We break down how they'll be divvied up and who takes on what.

December 11, 2014


State Superintendent Glenda Ritz appeared before the State Budget Committee Thursday to present her department's request for 2015.

IDOE Budget Conversations Turn Focus Back To Assessments

Indiana pulled out of the Common Core and related national assessments, but a discussion of the DOE's budget proved the conversation hasn't gone away just yet.

December 11, 2014


State Superintendent Glenda Ritz, right, and her A-F accountability panel co-chair, Steve Yager, prepare for the group's second meeting.

A Look Back At CECI, Its Influence On State Board Relations

The education state agency CECI only existed for a year, but the conflict between the group and state superintendent Glenda Ritz has a long history.

December 10, 2014


Many have wondered what will Indiana will miss out on without a federal pre-k grant that has now been awarded to five other states.

What Indiana Misses Out On Without A Federal Preschool Grant

Five states will receive federal pre-k development grant money that Indiana could have applied for. What will they be able to do that Indiana might not?

December 10, 2014


State Board of Education members Dan Elsener (left), Cari Whicker and Brad Oliver were each appointed to his or her position by a Republican governor, which some say accounts for the tension with Democratic superintendent Glenda Ritz.

Eliminating CECI Is Only The First Step For The State Board

Now that Governor Pence has eliminated his education agency, will the State Board of Education be able to get along and accomplish work for Hoosier students?

December 4, 2014


Governor Mike Pence is signing an executive order to dissolve his education agency, a group that has been a point of contention between himself and state superintendent Glenda Ritz.

Pence Signs Executive Order Dissolving CECI

Governor Mike Pence signed an executive order Thursday to eliminate his education agency, the Center for Education and Career Innovation.

December 3, 2014


IDOE Director of eLearning Candice Dodson speaks before the State Board of Education.

State Board of Education Debates eLearning Option

Various members of the State Board of Education expressed concern over an option for schools to participate in eLearning during inclement weather days.

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