Parents of small children in 10 counties can now begin applying for the state-funded pre-kindergarten program, On My Way Pre-K.
The Soup Kitchen’s executive director is also a member of the Burris class. Loretta Parsons says she is grateful her class is raising money for the community they were raised in.
“To pick this that I am involved in is so dear to me. It just was really humbling and I’m just so appreciative of the effort they are making.”
Thirteen classmates also volunteered at the soup kitchen while they were in Muncie for the weekend, before dining at the reunion.
Under a new federal education law thousands of Indiana diplomas known as general diplomas would no longer count for a school’s graduation rate.
As a result, Indiana could see its statewide graduation rate drop from 89 percent to 76 percent, based on 2016 data.
Now Indiana’s Congressional delegation wants the federal education department to give the state more time to prepare before that change takes effect.
Principal positions are open at Arsenal Tech, Crispus Attucks, Shortridge and Washington high schools. Current school leaders have already interviewed for those jobs. They will compete with outside candidates. IPS talent officer Mindy Schlegel says 2018-19 principals will be announced in a few weeks.
Incoming principals will then determine staffing needs for their schools. Teachers will take a survey to signal their interest in available jobs at individual schools.
“We want them to focus on what is the best fit,” Schlegel says.
The IPS Board voted to close Broad Ripple Ripple and the other schools Monday night as part of a facility and curriculum overhaul they say will lead to improved academic offerings. The board also approved the start of the disposition process of Broad Ripple and John Marshall Middle School through sale or lease.
DeLaney issued a statement Tuesday again reiterating his hope the Broad Ripple community “will come together to support the use of this facility for high school education.”
Three Indianapolis high schools and a middle school will close next year as part of a far-reaching academic overhaul approved Monday by the city school board in the face of declining enrollment.
For nearly six months the Indianapolis Public Schools Board of Commissioners held contentious public meetings to gather input on school closures. At times community members accused school administrators and the board of ignoring their concerns and the negative impact closures would have on poor, mostly black students.
The frustration continued during the board meeting. Some in attendance laughed as commissioners read statements about their votes. When Kelly Bentley explained why she was in favor of closing her alma mater Broad Ripple High School, parent Star Adita stood up and shouted: “I’m blaming you.”
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos found supporters and skeptics during a half-day trip to urban and rural Indiana schools Friday for the final day of her national back to school tour.
DeVos sought to draw attention to innovative curriculum and teaching methods at stops at charter school classrooms in Gary and Indianapolis before attended a high school football game here in rural Hancock County east of Indianapolis.
Auxilio is the same busing company that worked with Muncie Community Schools and Monroe County Community School Corporation. Monroe County announced last month the company was in breach of contract and had 30 days to address those problems.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will visit schools across Indiana Friday as the last stop on a six-state back-to-school tour.
DeVos is highlighting schools that she says are offering innovative and groundbreaking curriculum and teaching methods.
“There are so many new and exciting ways state-based education leaders and advocates are truly rethinking education,” DeVos said in a statement. “It is our goal with this tour to highlight what’s working. We want to encourage local education leaders to continue to be creative, to empower parents with options and to expand student-centered education opportunities.”
To fix its financial deficit, Muncie Community Schools may be cutting some classroom programs. School closures and privatizing services have not made enough of a dent.
Muncie Community Schools emergency manager Steve Edwards, whose team is managing the district’s finances through December, says no one wants to cut programs. But his team’s strategy is changing.
“It may very well be that Muncie cannot afford all the programs that they have,” Edwards says.