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Glenda Ritz: How Education Could Play Into A Bid For Governor

Updated 2:09 p.m.: Education just became a much bigger part of the 2016 race for Indiana governor. State Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced her campaign for governor at an event in Indianapolis Thursday morning. The educator spoke first at Ben Davis High School, followed by a series of appearances scheduled around the state, according to her Facebook page. Ritz’s announcement has excited […]

Data: IREAD-3 Passing Rate Dips From Last Year

The number of students passing the state’s third grade reading assessment, the IREAD-3, dropped to 84 percent from last year’s passing rate of 86 percent. This is a preliminary rate, as students who failed can retake the test this summer. The test has been administered since 2012, and if students don’t pass they retake third grade versions […]

Federal Grant Could Improve Education In Indy Neighborhood

The federal government designated one Indianapolis neighborhood as a “Promise Zone” Tuesday, a designation that gives the low income area more access to federal grants to improve education, its economy and reduce crime. Indianapolis was chosen out of 123 communities. The Indy Star reports the designation is flexible and allows the community to focus on where […]

School Closing Forces Gary Community To Look For Solutions

“Everybody wants to pick on poor, little Gary, Indiana.” Robert Crawford is a lifelong Gary resident. He attended classes in the Gary Community School Corporation when he was a kid – roaming some of the same hallways that his sixth grade daughter now frequents. But the school district looks a lot different now than it did in […]

Bill To Change State Board And Remove Ritz Passes House

The House today passed Senate Bill 1, the measure that would change the makeup of the State Board of Education, including removing the state superintendent as chair and letting the board choose its own chair from among its ranks. The House voted 55-41 to accept the updated version of the bill, which we outlined in […]

Legislative Update: State Board Chair And Senate Budget

As the so called “education session” gets closer to an end, the General Assembly is finalizing a number of education bills to send to the governor’s desk. One of the major decisions the legislature is debating is how the state funds school districts. Another is whether to keep Glenda Ritz the head of the state […]

Two Indiana Colleges Create Scholarships For Undocumented Students

One afternoon on his way to work, Juan Constantino’s headlight went out. “I had no idea,” Constantino recounts. “A cop pulled a U-turn, pulled me over he said, ‘do you know why I pulled you over?’” If Constantino were like most students, it wouldn’t have been a big deal. He probably would have been let […]

SBOE Approves IPS Transition Plan For Arlington And Emma Donnan

The State Board of Education today approved a transition plan for Arlington High School to return to Indianapolis Public Schools and for the district to partner with a charter school company to run a new K-6 program. The Northeastside high school remains in state takeover due to years of chronic failure, but today the state […]

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