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Why Free School Lunches Might Be Harder To Get Soon

In this 2011 photo, students at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA select their breakfast. A proposed congressional bill would tighten eligibility requirements for free- and reduced-school meals. (USDA/Flickr)

A new bill in Congress aims to make it harder for students across the country to get free lunches. If the bill is passed, 120 Indiana schools with about 60,000 students would no longer be eligible to participate in the federal school lunch program.

Educators On New ISTEP Panel Want Equity And Consistency

The new ISTEP+ panel tasked with re-writing the state assessment is established and will meet for the first time May 24. A majority of the panel’s members are teachers, principals and superintendents who have seen issues with the test first hand and want to see it change in ways that help teachers in the classroom and doesn’t marginalize […]

Dept. Of Education Receives $5 Million To Attract Teachers

The Department of Education is moving forward with efforts to help with teacher recruitment and retention thanks to a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. State superintendent Glenda Ritz says the money established the Indiana Center on Teacher Quality at Indiana University, which focuses on increasing the number of qualified special education teachers […]

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 […]

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