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Northwest Allen County Schools Could Eliminate Bus Service

The City of Fort Wayne and Northwest Allen County Schools are disputing over money the school district could lose from the city’s annexation plan. The district’s school board voted Tuesday to eliminate bus service by 2018 if the city moves forward with the plan. Superintendent Chris Himsel says the district has kept costs down over the […]

Program That Pays Students To Pass AP Tests Finding New Funding

A program that incentivizes students who enroll in Advanced Placement classes and pass the AP test is trying to continue without federal funding. The program has successfully increased the number of students taking and passing AP science, math and English classes in Indiana. The program, AP-TIP IN, started in 2012 as a way to get students in districts […]

A Crash Course In Indiana’s School Funding Situation

Tuesday’s election brought forth a new crop of school districts asking voters to raise property taxes to sustain their schools. As referenda become more and more common, more district superintendents are having to learn how to campaign. David Shafer is the superintendent for Brown County schools, which posed a referendum in Tuesday’s primary. He says […]

Eight Of Ten School Referenda Pass On Indiana Primary Ballot

Taxpayers in eight Indiana school districts have voted to pay higher taxes to help pay salaries and classroom expenses in local schools. On Tuesday’s primary ballot, 10 school districts appealed to voters to help fund public education in their districts. All but two passed. Schools in Fort Wayne, New Prairie, Brown County, Hamilton Southeastern, Southwest […]

Your Guide To The Ten School Referenda On Tuesday’s Ballot

It’s primary day in Indiana, and 10 school districts around the state are posing ballot referenda asking voters to raise property taxes to help fund schools. The districts say they need additional revenue because of property tax caps instilled in 2008 and the updated school funding formula passed during the 2015 General Assembly. Referenda posed during primaries […]

Schools On The Ballot: Hamilton Southeastern And Southern Wells

All week we are taking a closer look at the ten school referenda that will appear on ballots around the state May 3. A referendum asks voters in a particular area to choose whether to increase their property taxes to fund schools. We will follow all ten referenda and post results as they come in the night of […]

First Appointments Made For ISTEP+ Review Panel

Six Indiana educators, a former education policymaker and a teachers union representative are the first appointees to a panel that will decide the future of standardized testing in Indiana. The 23-person panel– created by a law that calls for the elimination of the Indiana’s current standardized test known as ISTEP+– will be made up of lawmakers, state agency heads, educators, […]

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