How poverty is impacting Hoosiers, why some Indiana teachers are learning how to use 3D printers and big news this week with the state's Pre-K efforts.
More than one in ten children in Indiana live in high-poverty areas.
"We look at our students not as underprivileged, but under-resourced," says EdPower chancellor and CEO Marcus Robinson in a Q&A with StateImpact.
Education experts say the difference between low-income and middle-class students explains a great deal of new international and national test score data.
Half of Indiana children younger than 9 years old are living in low-income households, and 70 percent of low-income 3- and 4-year-olds don't go to preschool.
In total, 49 percent of students enrolled in Indiana’s charter and traditional public schools receive free or reduced price lunches.
There are numerous reasons for the increase in suburban poverty, but finding a solution may prove more difficult.
Bloomington receives a high number of grant dollars because federal and state grants are distributed based on poverty rates.
Funding for community services are hard to find, and the state recently cut funding to schools who administer after school programs.
This was Speaker Bosma's second trip to the country.