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Mishawaka Schools To Pose Two Referenda In November

The School City of Mishawaka School Board approved a proposal Monday to pose two referenda during the November election. If passed, the referenda would add $1.8 million to the district’s general fund and $13 million to improve infrastructure at the district’s schools. Posing both a capital projects and general fund referenda is rare, with many […]

Holy Cross College To Educate Prisoners Using Pell Grants

Holy Cross College in South Bend is one of 67 higher education institutions across the country to participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell Program. The program uses federal Pell grant money to pay for prisoners to take degree-seeking programs behind bars. The pilot program allows universities to partner with prisons to provide degree programs […]

What The Supreme Court’s Decision Means For Affirmative Action In Indiana

After the Supreme Court upheld an affirmative action program at the University of Texas, legal experts in Indiana say it likely won’t have a major effect on local school enrollment. The Supreme Court Thursday ruled in favor of the University of Texas allowing the school to continue their affirmative action program. Abigail Fisher, who is […]

A Growing Role For School Counselors In Indiana, But Funds Needed

In this file photo, Mark Mazarella hosts a panel discussion and exhibit at the 55th Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association. School counselors address students' social-emotional, academic and college-and-career readiness needs. (ArmyStrongPA/Flickr)

School counselors help students improve their academics, address emotional needs and prepare for college and careers. Still, they’re a profession that often floats under the radar in the education world. Indiana currently has a higher student-to-counselor ratio than most states. There’s currently one counselor for every 639 students statewide. A new report from the Indiana […]

Indiana Ranks 40th In Preschool Enrollment

In this file photo, students at a pre-kindergarten camp in Avon, Ind., play a counting game. Indiana lags behind most other states in enrolling young students in school programs. (Elle Moxley/StateImpact Indiana)

Although most Indiana students do attend kindergarten, students are not required by law to go to school until age seven. The Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count data book, a national report on child wellbeing, reports Indiana ranks 40th in the nation for preschool enrollment: parents of 60 percent of Indiana’s three and four year olds […]

ISTEP Panel Unclear On Vision For New Assessment

The state’s ISTEP panel met for the second time Tuesday, with much of the discussion focusing on what the vision for the new assessment is. Many panel members struggled to agree on a shared goal. The panel, established during the 2016 General Assembly, meets every month until December 2016 and will design a new state assessment to […]

State Board Schedules Hearings To Discuss Status of Turnaround Schools

A math teacher leads a lesson on mathematic inequalities at Charter School of the Dunes in Gary. On average, kids in charter schools outperform their traditional public school counterparts in both math and reading. — Photo: Kyle Stokes/StateImpact Indiana

The state Board of Education has scheduled five public hearings for schools in Indianapolis, Gary, East Chicago and Evansville that have been placed in the lowest category of school improvement for five straight years. Wednesday, June 15: Phalen Leadership Academy at Key School 103 (Indianapolis) Wednesday, July 13: Lodge Elementary School (Evansville) Wednesday, July 20: Kilmer School 69 […]

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