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Lauren Chapman

Lauren is a Ball State University graduate and previously worked in magazines, newspapers and commercial television. The Indianapolis native has two cats, Belle and Elvis.

Burris Laboratory School 50th Reunion Class Gives Back To Soup Kitchen

The Soup Kitchen’s executive director is also a member of the Burris class. Loretta Parsons says she is grateful her class is raising money for the community they were raised in.

“To pick this that I am involved in is so dear to me. It just was really humbling and I’m just so appreciative of the effort they are making.”

Thirteen classmates also volunteered at the soup kitchen while they were in Muncie for the weekend, before dining at the reunion.


A Burris Laboratory School class celebrating their 50th reunion this weekend in Muncie wanted to give back to the city that educated them. As IPR’s Alexis Alicea reports, they chose a cause that is close to home for a fellow classmate.

Read more at: indianapublicradio.org

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.

Read more at: www.wfyi.org

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.

Read more at: indianapublicmedia.org

Cultural, Economic, Historical Factors Drive Black Breast-Feeding Gap

Research strongly suggests a correlation between breast-feeding and lower rates of certain diseases and mortality for both infants and mothers, said Melissa Bartick, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School who studies racial disparities in breast-feeding.

“A lot of pediatric infectious disease, gastroenteritis, ear infections, that [evidence] is very, very strong,” she said.


Tahwii Spicer is all about being natural. With the help of a midwife, she had an unmedicated home birth with her son Reece, now almost 2 years old, and said almost as soon as he was born, he army-crawled up her body to start feeding. “He was so ravenous!” she said.

Read more at: sideeffectspublicmedia.org

4-H Is Helping Kids Plant The Seeds For Healthy Relationships

In his experience working with young people across Maryland, he says he has come to understand that they see a myriad of relationships. His goal with the healthy relationships workshop is to create a space for teens to learn good habits and to ask those questions that can sometimes be embarrassing.

Chan uses games to help explain boundaries and warning signs. In one, he has the group circle around and play a game called “red flag, white flag” where he describes a romantic scenario to the kids and they hold up a red flag to signal an immediate breakup sign, or a white flag for situations that can be talked out.


“Remember, it’s Vegas rules, guys. What happens here, stays here,” says Alexander Chan to a room full of giggling high school teenagers as he goes over the ground rules for a workshop all about healthy relationships. Chan’s background is in marriage and family therapy.

Read more at: www.npr.org

Brown Co. Students No Longer Receive Alternate Lunches

Brown County students with lunch debt are no longer receiving alternate meals. The school board recently decided to change the district’s policy, which used to stipulate students with negative balances would receive a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in place of a regular lunch.

Like many districts in Indiana, Brown County decided to revisit its policy because of a U.S. Department of Agriculture mandate that lunch debt policies be put in writing. Under the district’s new policy, students will all get the same meal – regardless of their ability to pay.


Photo: Barbara Brosher Brown County students with lunch debt are no longer receiving alternate meals. The school board recently decided to change the district’s policy, which used to stipulate students with negative balances would receive a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in place of a regular lunch.

Read more at: indianapublicmedia.org

South Bend rally aims to highlight the importance of DACA

“It’s become a critical part in our economy, it’s created multiple opportunities for youth in our community to be able to continue school, to go to college, to work, to be engaged in our community, to come out of the shadows,” Centellas said.

The rally took place at Leighton Plaza. Speakers included young adults who shared their stories about immigrating to the U.S.


South Bend and a local non-profit supported Barack Obama’s executive order Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, on its fifth anniversary. The order defers deportation of children brought into the country without legal documentation. People gathered at a rally urging the federal government to make DACA a permanent law.

Read more at: wvpe.org

Muncie Community Schools Could Lose 500 Students

Warrner wants district officials to find out how many of those students left for another district or are now being home-schooled. That would determine any reporting errors.

MCS Superintendent Steven Baule also pointed out these numbers do not include any foreign exchange students, as they have not arrived yet.


After many months making statewide news because of financial troubles, Muncie Community Schools has lost nearly five hundred students, according to preliminary enrollment numbers. IPR’s Tony Sandleben reports. https://indianapublicradio.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/MCS-Preliminary-Enrollment-Down-500.mp3 A report shared with Muncie Community Schools board members on Tuesday night shows the district has 5,076 students.

Read more at: indianapublicradio.org

INDOE, Indy School District Partner For Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing Alternative

Wayne Township schools students watch a live stream lessons on the solar eclipse. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Wayne Township schools students watch a live stream lessons on the solar eclipse. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The Indiana Department of Education offered schoolchildren around the state an opportunity to view Monday’s solar eclipse through an instructional live stream.

The department partnered with an Indianapolis-area school district to provide a safe alternative to viewing the eclipse.

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