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A Discussion On Free Community College And The Need In Indiana

President Obama wants to make community college free for all students, an idea he briefly outlined during his State of the Union speech this week. We’ve reported on what this would look like in Indiana and the challenges students already face when trying to navigate the cost and logistics of higher education. StateImpact Indiana’s Claire McInerny […]

Indiana Can’t Use National Assessment, Like Some Lawmakers Want

As the 2015 legislative session begins, the “education session” as the governor has called it, there is an influx of bills regarding all levels of education. There’s one bill regarding K-12 testing, though, that seems to be confusing legislators. Senate Bill 566, authored by Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, seeks to replace “ISTEP program testing with […]

How Education Could Factor Into A Pence Presidential Bid

We’re almost two years away from the 2016 presidential election, but speculation, rumors and announcements are already in full swing. Many potential candidates are focusing on issues that took a backseat during the financial crisis, including education. Gov. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, is often mentioned as a potential Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential election, and […]

2014 A-F Grades Compared To Previous Years

First, the good news. More As, fewer Fs. That’s the biggest takeaway from the release of school A-F grades, and a trend we’ve seen the last few years. More than half (51 percent) of the state’s schools are now A schools, the highest number in the last few years. (Search your schools 2014 A-F scores […]

Sortable Table: Who’s Funding Your Representative?

A few days ago, we told you education could be the biggest issue facing voters at the polls Tuesday in an otherwise lackluster mid-term. Today, we’ve gathered some evidence to prove that point. Below is a sortable table of campaign donations to both state Senate and House candidates from education focused organizations: PACs, unions and […]

When It Comes To Free Textbooks, Indiana Is The Exception

At the beginning of each school year, families in Indiana’s public schools are hit with bills that include activity fees, class fees and the largest line item- textbook fees. Textbook rental fees cost parents on average about $100 per child. Frustrating to most parents is the knowledge that Indiana is one of only eight states that charge for […]

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