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Brown Co. Students No Longer Receive Alternate Lunches

Brown County students with lunch debt are no longer receiving alternate meals. The school board recently decided to change the district’s policy, which used to stipulate students with negative balances would receive a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in place of a regular lunch.

Like many districts in Indiana, Brown County decided to revisit its policy because of a U.S. Department of Agriculture mandate that lunch debt policies be put in writing. Under the district’s new policy, students will all get the same meal – regardless of their ability to pay.


Photo: Barbara Brosher Brown County students with lunch debt are no longer receiving alternate meals. The school board recently decided to change the district’s policy, which used to stipulate students with negative balances would receive a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in place of a regular lunch.

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McCormick, Ritz, Reed To Discuss Future Of Public Education

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick and predecessor Glenda Ritz. (Credit: Photos provided.)

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick and predecessor Glenda Ritz. (Credit: Photos provided.)

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick and two of her predecessors from both political parties will come together Saturday for a public forum on education.

The panel discussion Saturday in Indianapolis tackles a broad topic: “the future of Indiana public education in an era of privatization, declining budgets and increasing expectations”

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South Bend rally aims to highlight the importance of DACA

“It’s become a critical part in our economy, it’s created multiple opportunities for youth in our community to be able to continue school, to go to college, to work, to be engaged in our community, to come out of the shadows,” Centellas said.

The rally took place at Leighton Plaza. Speakers included young adults who shared their stories about immigrating to the U.S.


South Bend and a local non-profit supported Barack Obama’s executive order Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, on its fifth anniversary. The order defers deportation of children brought into the country without legal documentation. People gathered at a rally urging the federal government to make DACA a permanent law.

Read more at: wvpe.org

Discussion On Graduation Requirement Overhaul Continues

Mike Fleisch illustrates and takes notes on the discussion by the Graduation Pathways Committee members Aug. 23, 2017 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis. (Eric Weddle/WFYI Public Media)

Mike Fleisch illustrates and takes notes on the discussion by the Graduation Pathways Committee members Aug. 23, 2017 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis. (Eric Weddle/WFYI Public Media)

Discussion continues on how to overhaul high school graduation requirements to better prepare students for workforce and college.

A 2017 state law calls for rethinking different ways students can prove they are ready to graduate instead of the traditional end-of-course exams required to earn a diploma.

The committee needs to address skill and preparation gap students face between graduation and career or college, says committee chairman and state board member, Byron Ernest.

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Muncie Community Schools Could Lose 500 Students

Warrner wants district officials to find out how many of those students left for another district or are now being home-schooled. That would determine any reporting errors.

MCS Superintendent Steven Baule also pointed out these numbers do not include any foreign exchange students, as they have not arrived yet.


After many months making statewide news because of financial troubles, Muncie Community Schools has lost nearly five hundred students, according to preliminary enrollment numbers. IPR’s Tony Sandleben reports. https://indianapublicradio.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/MCS-Preliminary-Enrollment-Down-500.mp3 A report shared with Muncie Community Schools board members on Tuesday night shows the district has 5,076 students.

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INDOE, Indy School District Partner For Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing Alternative

Wayne Township schools students watch a live stream lessons on the solar eclipse. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Wayne Township schools students watch a live stream lessons on the solar eclipse. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The Indiana Department of Education offered schoolchildren around the state an opportunity to view Monday’s solar eclipse through an instructional live stream.

The department partnered with an Indianapolis-area school district to provide a safe alternative to viewing the eclipse.

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“Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The Only Statewide School Laptop Program”

Alison King was just a toddler when the program launched. Back then, kids lugged big, bulky iBooks around all day. In her senior year at Gorham High School, she says she uses her laptop — now much smaller — for most of the day, “We hardly ever use paper.”

Her American politics class is totally paperless. Alison’s teacher, James Welsch, says when he arrived in Gorham seven years ago, he’d never seen so many computers in one classroom. Welsch says it turned the class into an interactive discussion, “It’s like, we can put the world on the desk of each kid.” His students write blog posts, read each other’s work, and share videos and articles — all online.


It was the year 2000 and Maine’s governor at the time, Angus King, was excited about the Internet. The World Wide Web was still relatively young but King wanted every student in the state to have access to it. “Go into history class and the teacher says, ‘Open your computer.

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Indiana Children’s Commission Selects Executive Director

Julie Whitman is the new executive director of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Julie Whitman is the new executive director of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

After operating for four years without a full-time leader, Indiana’s children’s commission finally has an executive director.

The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana was established in 2013, but has never had a person whose entire job was dedicated to the commission.

Julie Whitman leaves the Indiana Youth Institute to become the executive director of the commission.

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Indiana Launches Tuition, Training Programs For ‘High-Demand’ Jobs

The state’s new secretary of career connections and talent, Blair Milo, spent her first day on the job talking about two new workforce development grants at Allison Transmission in Indianapolis Monday. (Annie Ropeik/IPB News)

The state’s new secretary of career connections and talent, Blair Milo, spent her first day on the job talking about two new workforce development grants at Allison Transmission in Indianapolis Monday. (Annie Ropeik/IPB News)

Indiana says it wants to help train train more Hoosier workers for in-demand jobs. Two grant programs will help cover tuition for career certificates and training costs for employers in what the state calls “high-demand” areas.

The legislature approved $10 million apiece over two years for the two programs – the Workforce Ready Grant and the Employer Training Grant.

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