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In Which Districts Do Most Students Use Private School Vouchers?

The Indiana Department of Education last week released an updated report on the state’s school choice scholarship program, often called school vouchers. The report showed the state is spending $18 million more on the program than it did last school year. In the first few years of the program, it was saving the state money, according […]

First Year Teachers Reflect On First Year And Prepare For Next

Over the last year, we’ve followed three first year teachers as they enter the education profession. We’ve reported on their expectations, the way they adjusted teaching practices, and the emotional ups and downs that come with the job. This week on WFIU’s Noon Edition, the teachers convened to reflect on the first year. Listen to hear their discussion on their support systems, meeting their students’ needs […]

SBOE Vice Chair Sarah O’Brien Steps Down

State Board of Education vice chair Sarah O’Brien announced Thursday she will resign from her position on the board. O’Brien says she is stepping down to care for her daughter who was “dealt with a variety of medical issues over the years.” In a statement, O’Brien said she is proud of the work accomplished by […]

USED Grants Waiver To Indiana Schools With Late Title I Funds

The U.S. Department of Education wrote a letter to the Indiana Department of Education Tuesday to allow schools that received Title I funds from the DOE later than normal to use those funds in the following school year. U.S. Republican Congressmen Luke Messer and Todd Rokita wrote a letter to Secretary of Education John King that requested this last June. The USED informed […]

Evan Bayh’s Education Record During His Last Senate Term

Former Indiana senator Evan Bayh announced Wednesday he will run for his old seat in the U.S. Senate, facing current U.S. House Rep. Todd Young in November. Bayh will take over the Democratic side of the ticket after Baron Hill dropped out Monday. The two are running for Republican Sen. Dan Coats seat after he retires […]

State Charter School Loan Program Awards Last Grants

The State Board of Education wrapped up its two-year charter school loan program last week. But in that program’s final round, only five charter schools applied. The 2015 General Assembly created the program, allocating $50 million in loans to give to charter schools over two years. In the first year of the program, charter schools […]

Legislators Interested In Expanding Statewide Pre-K

Indiana’s governor and legislative leaders have agreed to expand the state’s foray into state-funded pre-K, but uncertainties about its effectiveness are causing some lawmakers to question the scope and cost of such an expansion. The Journal Gazette reports that the pilot cost about $10 million to get started, and served about 2,300 disadvantaged children in five […]

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