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IDOE Asks Public To Comment On Federal Waiver Request

(Alisha Referda/Flickr)

(Alisha Referda/Flickr)

Graduation rates at some Indiana high schools could plummet due to a new federal definition of regular diplomas. It would prohibit schools from including students who earn the general diploma in calculated graduation rates. Instead, federal guidelines would only count students who earn the Core 40 diploma or above.

General diplomas require fewer math, social studies and science credits – and less testing.

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IPS Superintendent Ferebee Gets $28K Bonus, Salary Increase

UPDATE:

Indianapolis Public Schools Board approved a $28,000 performance-based bonus for Superintendent Lewis Ferebee at Thursday’s board meeting.

The additional pay is based on an annual review of Ferebee’s performance by the IPS Board. The school commissioners unanimously approved giving Ferebee 80 percent of a possible $35,000 of performance-based pay for meeting 11 predetermined goals in 2016-2017 school year.


Indianapolis Public Schools Board is proposing a $28,000 bonus for Superintendent Lewis Ferebee. The board will vote on the payout at Thursday’s school board meeting. The bonus is based on an annual review of Ferebee’s performance by the IPS Board.

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South Bend Community Schools Propose School Closures, Repurposing

(Photo courtesy of South Bend Community Schools)

(Photo courtesy of South Bend Community Schools)

There aren’t enough kids to fill South Bend Community Schools to their full capacity, so officials unveiled a proposal this week to close or repurpose six elementary and middle schools. If the proposal – called Focus 2018 – receives approval, it would also help the corporation meet federal racial requirements mandated for the district.

Superintendent Ken Spells says consolidating building costs will allow the district to improve, by providing funding for more student programs instead of keeping open multiple buildings they don’t really need.

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Ball State Buys Muncie Middle School

But that doesn’t mean Northside will close immediately – or even next school year – as an active Muncie Community Schools middle school. According to the agreement, MCS is allowed to lease the property back from Ball State for one dollar per year for the next five years.

The plan matches one passed by the MCS school board in April. While voting to close school buildings to combat the district’s multi-million dollar deficit, board member Robert Warrner proposed to keep Northside open in its current location, until a new building could be built on the site of the now-closed Storer Elementary School.


Ball State University officials say the school will buy Northside Middle School from Muncie Community Schools. IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports. Ball State University spokeswoman Kathy Wolfe says the university will pay $1.27 million for the building, which first opened as a high school in

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Goodbye ECA? Panel OKs Graduation Overhaul But Uncertainty Remains

A "graphic recording" of the Graduation Pathways Committee's discussion on Sept. 19, 2017, as illustrated by Mike Fleisch. (Courtesy State Board of Education)

A “graphic recording” of the Graduation Pathways Committee’s discussion on Sept. 19, 2017, as illustrated by Mike Fleisch. (Courtesy State Board of Education)

A state committee recommended sweeping changes to high school graduation requirements Tuesday even as many of the details remain unknown.

If approved by the State Board of Education students, starting with the class of 2023, would choose from multiple academic tracts to satisfy three graduation requirements that are designed to better prepare them for college or career.

Reducing college remediation and filling a skills-gap saddling Indiana industries is a major focus of commerce, government and education leaders.

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ISTA Reacts To Governor’s 2018 Agenda

(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Gov. Eric Holcomb released his 2018 agenda Wednesday, outlining a number of possible changes to education policy for the sake of better workforce alignment. One facet includes increased licensing flexibility for educators who teach in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and math – and Indiana State Teacher’s Association President Teresa Meredith says that proposal lacks specificity.

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All But One First-Time School Funding Referenda Pass

(Steve Burns/WTIU)

(Steve Burns/WTIU)

UPDATE:

Nearly all of Tuesday’s ballot measures passed.

The LaGrange County Clerk’s office confirmed the levy for Westview schools received overwhelming support from voters with a 92 percent approval rate.

Hobart and Hammond schools also received voter approval for their proposals.

Meanwhile, 70 percent of voters in the West Clark School community rejected their $95 million referendum for major renovations at Silver Creek High.

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Advocates Call For Classroom Cohesion Among Elementary And Preschools

Students at a pre-kindergarten camp in Avon, Ind., play a counting game. Many are calling on the legislature to expand the current pre-k pilot program to help more kids. (Elle Moxley/StateImpact Indiana)

Students at a pre-kindergarten camp in Avon, Ind., play a counting game. Many are calling on the legislature to expand the current pre-k pilot program to help more kids. (Elle Moxley/StateImpact Indiana)

One of Indiana’s leading preschool advocacy organizations wants the state to better align its elementary and preschool classrooms. The group says the disconnect can cause frustrating overlaps for both students and teachers.

The report from Early Learning Indiana says classroom cohesion for young children has important benefits – like more student progress and efficiency for teachers.

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A-Rated School Corporations More Than Double In 2017

(Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

(Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

The State Board of Education approved school corporation A-F letter grades Wednesday for the 2016-2017 school year.

Of the state 289 school corporations 48 earned an A on for 2017. That’s more than double the number of districts that earned the top grade last year – 23 corporations.

Of the districts assigned 2017 grades: 149 assigned B; 63 assigned C; Six assigned; One assigned F.

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