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Indiana Federal Lawmakers Ask DeVos To Delay Grad Rate Change

U.S. Congressman Jim Banks, a Republican Representative for Indiana’s 3rd District, is asking U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to delay changes to the high school diploma in Indiana. (C-SPAN)

U.S. Congressman Jim Banks, a Republican Representative for Indiana’s 3rd District, is asking U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to delay changes to the high school diploma in Indiana. (C-SPAN)

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.

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300 IPS Teachers Required To Reapply For Jobs

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.


More than 300 teachers at seven Indianapolis high schools are required to reapply for jobs next year, after the Indianapolis Public Schools Board approved a plan Monday to close three high schools, district officials said Wednesday. The move came as part of a curriculum overhaul and after years of declining enrollment.

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State Rep. DeLaney: Let’s Put Charter Schools In Broad Ripple High School

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.”


State Rep. Ed DeLaney is again weighing in on the plans by Indianapolis Public Schools to close four schools, including three high schools, next year. The Indianapolis Democrat is calling for Broad Ripple High School to remain the home of some type of educational offering — possibly even charter schools.

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Indianapolis School Board OKs Closure Of 3 High Schools

Protestors against the Indianapolis Public Schools administration's proposal to close multiple high schools rally outside the John Morton Finney Center before the final school board vote on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (Eric Weddle/WFYI News)

Protestors against the Indianapolis Public Schools administration\’s proposal to close multiple high schools rally outside the John Morton Finney Center before the final school board vote on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (Eric Weddle/WFYI News)

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.”

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DeVos Visits Charter Schools, Hog Roast On Indiana Tour

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and husband Dick eat at the Eastern Hancock High School cafeteria for the annual FFA hog roast fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 during the last stop on the “Rethink School” tour. (Eric Weddle/WFYI News)

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and husband Dick eat at the Eastern Hancock High School cafeteria for the annual FFA hog roast fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 during the last stop on the “Rethink School” tour. (Eric Weddle/WFYI News)

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.

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Monroe County Schools Terminating Contract With Auxilio Next Month

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.


Photo: Barbara Brosher The Monroe County Community School Corporation sent a letter to Auxilio Services this week saying it’s terminating its contract with the Michigan-based busing company on Oct. 13. The decision comes after the school corporation notified Auxilio last month it was in breach of contract and had 30 days to fix problems with buses and routes.

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U.S. Ed Secretary Betsy DeVos To Visit Indiana Schools Friday

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos talks with students at St. Stephens Indian School on the Wind River Reservation in Stephens, Wyoming, on September 12. (Photo courtesy: USED)

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos talks with students at St. Stephens Indian School on the Wind River Reservation in Stephens, Wyoming, on September 12. (Photo courtesy: USED)

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.”

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Muncie Community Schools To Cut Programs To Fix Deficit

Emergency Manager Steve Edwards gives a report to the MCS school board. (Tony Sandleben/IPR)

Emergency Manager Steve Edwards gives a report to the MCS school board. (Tony Sandleben/IPR)

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.

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See How Indiana Schools Ranked In US News’ ‘Best Colleges’ List

The University of Notre Dame ranked No. 18 in  U.S. News and World Report's 2018 "Best Colleges" list released Tuesday. Here the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Golden Dome at sunset in 2013. (Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

The University of Notre Dame ranked No. 18 in U.S. News and World Report\’s 2018 “Best Colleges” list released Tuesday. Here the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Golden Dome at sunset in 2013. (Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Three Indiana universities made the top 100 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “best” rankings for higher education institutions, released Tuesday.

The University of Notre Dame came in at No. 18 among all universities in the country.

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Ball State President Creates Scholarship For Muncie High School Students

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The new Ball State University president and his wife are creating a scholarship to benefit students at the local city high school.

In his installation speech, Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns put a spotlight on financial troubles at Muncie Community Schools. The corporation’s multi-million dollar deficit came to statewide attention this year when the Indiana General Assembly labeled it “fiscally impaired” and assigned an emergency financial manager to turn it around.

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