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.”
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.
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.”
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.
State lawmakers are discussing whether to a change a 2011 law that prohibits young people brought into the country illegally from accessing in-state tuition at public colleges.
Indiana is one of only three states in the country that specifically makes immigrant students who can not prove state residency or who don’t qualify for a federal program to pay the more expensive out-of-state tuition rate.
A legislative study committee began delving into the issue Wednesday. Only advocates for altering the law spoke at the two-hour meeting.
The Indiana Department of Education announced the top 10 finalists for the 2018 Teacher of the Year Thursday.
The teacher of the year is picked by a committee including, former recipients, department staff, educational and community leaders, and higher education representatives.
“This list of educators is comprised of the best of the best across Indiana, and I am grateful for the dedication and hard work they show each and every day,” Superintendent Jennifer McCormick said in a statement. “Our teachers deserve all the support and recognition they can receive and I am happy to honor them through our Teacher of the Year program.”
Indiana School Superintendent Jennifer McCormick drew support from an Indianapolis audience Saturday who mostly supported former school chief Glenda Ritz in the November election.
During the Indiana Coalition For Public Education’s annual meeting, the first-term Republican called for increased accountability of charter schools and private schools that receive taxpayer funded vouchers.
“It’s a taxpayer’s right to know. We talk about transparency. We talk about providing a quality experience for students,” she says. “How do we know that is actually happening? I think it is just the right thing to do.”
Article origination IPBS-RJC State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick called for more accountability on charter schools and private schools using taxpayer-funded vouchers during a forum Saturday. The first-term Republican schools chief says her department is “pushing back” against the state’s free-market style of school choice that lawmakers began approving in 2009.