Kyle Stokes joined WFIU/WTIU in 2011 as an education reporter and blogger for StateImpact Indiana, a collaborative reporting venture between WFIU and NPR News. He comes to Bloomington from Columbia, Mo., where he was a producer and reporter for NPR member station KBIA-FM and NBC affiliate KOMU-TV. Originally from Minneapolis, Minn., Stokes is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and an even prouder Minnesota Twins fan.
But Indiana law requires a school district to inform families three years before the total elimination of busing services. While state officials say they’re “sympathetic” to Muncie’s financial plight, the district didn’t provide a “sufficient plan” to get students to school safely. (The Muncie Politics blog has the full denial document.)
Most State Board members have voted for the Common Core in the past, and Kenley’s proposal wouldn’t prevent them from re-adopting the standards without amendment. The bill also says the board “may include elements of the Common Core” in whatever standards they write next.
George Frampton, director of the office of accreditation for the education department, confirmed Monday that state superintendent Glenda Ritz has authorized schools to apply for a one-day waiver from the required 180 days of instruction. Later in the day, Ritz’s press secretary, Daniel Altman, told The Elkhart Truth that the waiver will be offered to schools for Tuesday as well… Continue Reading →
Fourth grade teacher Amber Santana gives testimony at a public hearing on the future of Glenwood Leadership Academy in Evansville. Nearly 200 people, including neighbors, community leaders and school staff, attended.
District officials had pleaded with state officials for more time to allow their improvement plan — which includes a $600,000 contract with an outside turnaround group backed by federal grant money — to begin to work at the school.
But there are several compelling tidbits. For instance, after getting tipped off there might have been problems with the 2012 A-F grades, Galvin asked the Department of Education’s IT department for the email inboxes of Bennett’s closest aides. Continue Reading →
A "Save Our School" sign in a window in Worthington.
Want to pass a referendum in your school district? Better get to work, says Donna Petrait.
Get to work, like, yesterday. Or a few years ago.
“Any school district that is anticipating having a referendum needs to start three years in advance,” says Petrait, who consults for school districts on strategic communications plans.
It’s one of the lessons Petrait picked up in Indiana’s brief history with referenda. Since 2008, only half of the 92 districts who’ve tried to convince voters to raise their own property taxes have been successful.
More than 1,000 people pack downtown Lafayette's Long Center for the Performing Arts for the premiere of "Rise Above The Mark." Donations to the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation funded the film's production. District officials were critical to crafting its message.
Hoping to change the education debate, the leaders of West Lafayette Community Schools launched an unusual marketing push last month: they premiered a documentary film laying out their take on Indiana education policy.
The district funded the film, called “Rise Above The Mark,” not with tax dollars, but with donations to its foundation arm. But West Lafayette superintendent Rocky Killion was instrumental in visioning the film, which takes aim at Indiana lawmakers — and pulls no punches.
“We’re the right school district to start that conversation because we’re not making any excuses,” Killion says. “We’re not saying the reforms are hurting our public schools from a metric. We’re saying that it’s going to hurt our future if we don’t change course.” Continue Reading →