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Jeanie Lindsay

Jeanie Lindsay is a multimedia reporter covering education issues statewide. Before coming to Indiana, she attended the University of Washington and worked as a regional radio reporter to learn the ways of public broadcasting.

Lawmakers Focus On STEM Education For 2018

The Indiana Statehouse. (Peter Balonon-Rosen/Indiana Public Broadcasting)

The Indiana Statehouse. (Peter Balonon-Rosen/IPB News)

Science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, has received a lot of attention at the statehouse lately, and that means the 2018 legislative session could bring major shifts for STEM education throughout the state.

House Education Committee chair Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) says he plans to push for more math and science professionals teaching at the elementary school level.

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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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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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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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