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Brandon Smith works out of the Statehouse covering politics and legislative affairs for Indiana Public Broadcasting.
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Mandatory teaching of cursive writing had been eliminated in public schools recently. A bill introduced by Senator Jean Leising would put cursive education back into Hoosier public schools.
Governor Mitch Daniels made “credit creep” a part of his legislative agenda. His concern is over the number of credit hours it takes to earn a diploma at Indiana’s higher education institutions. Daniels is proposing that those requirements be lowered unless the schools can make a convicing argument to keep them at current levels. Daniels cited 120 hours as a traditional measure for attaining a diploma; schools would have to come in at or under that level. Continue Reading
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Governor Mitch Daniels addresses a class at Our Lady of Hungary Catholic School in South Bend, where enrollment has skyrocketed due to the state's private and parochial school voucher program, during a visit in December.
At the beckoning of a scratchy voice piping in over the PA system every morning, students at Our Lady of Hungary Catholic School rise from their seats to recite a prayer together. It’s a typical scene in a parochial school.
But there’s one big difference at this school this year: 65 of the students are attending Our Lady with financial help from the state this year after fleeing South Bend’s public schools.
“Why are parents taking kids out of public schools? There has to be something wrong,” said parent Jeanetta White, whose children — enrolled at Our Lady with the help of the state’s new private and parochial school voucher program — have helped make Indiana part of a national trend.