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The Top Four Education Priorities For Next Legislative Session

Here at StateImpact, we are experts in education.  For political news we reach out to our hardworking statehouse reporter Brandon Smith. Without further ado, we bring you a list of the top legislative priorities as compiled by our expert government correspondent. Cursive Mandatory teaching of cursive writing had been eliminated in public schools recently.  A [...]

For-Profit Colleges: Game-Changers Or 'Diploma Mills'?

For-profit colleges have a lot of accusatory fingers pointing in their direction, mostly from politicians and commentators looking for someone to blame for soaring levels of student debt. But are for-profits indeed fatally flawed ‘diploma mills’? Or convenient scapegoats? In Indiana, this debate has special significance. The state’s student default rate is one of the nation’s highest — and Congress [...]

Could Indiana's School Vouchers Save The State Money?

When Gov. Mitch Daniels asked a class of 20 seventh graders at Our Lady of Hungary Catholic school how many of the students were in their first year at the school, a half-dozen raised their hands. Enrollment has spiked 60 percent this year at Our Lady of Hungary because of the Indiana’s new voucher program. “Is [Our [...]

Governor Stays Overnight In College Dorm

In the midst of a road swing through northern Indiana, Gov. Mitch Daniels opted for a dorm room at Notre Dame instead of a hotel room for his overnight accommodations Tuesday night. An Animal House-like experience? Probably not. Daniels says the cleaning crew joked with him about his cleanliness. He says he did speak with some students [...]

Discussion: Does Consolidation Hurt Students?

Should school districts with fewer than 2000 students be required to consolidate?  Governor Mitch Daniels says such a move could could save taxpayers millions by removing layers of red tape and administration cost.  Many school administrators aren’t convinced. We’ve been covering this issue, but we want to hear feedback from you.  Leave us your comments, [...]

Why Governor Daniels Thinks Small School Districts Should Consolidate

Governor Mitch Daniels backed a piece of legislation which would have forced schools with low enrollments to consolidate with neighboring districts.  The bill was eventually defeated.

About 20 percent of school districts in the state are rapidly facing a choice: either pass a referendum or consolidate with a neighboring school district.  In 2007, Governor Mitch Daniels commissioned a study titled “Streamlining Local Government” (also known as the Kernan-Shepard Report). Among other findings, was a simple suggestion– eliminate all school districts with [...]

Discussion: Would You Support A Referendum In Your Area?

If your school asked, would you voluntarily raise your own taxes?  That’s the essential question voters in many of Indiana’s smallest school districts could be asking themselves in the next few years.  So how do you feel about that?  We want to here from both experts and voters, so tell us your theory.  Tell us [...]

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