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Year in Review: The 10 Biggest Education Stories of 2011

Troy Cockrum, an English teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic school photographed in October, helps a student having computer issues. Cockrum “flipped” his classroom this year, and painted the walls of his classroom with tech-savvy terminology to reflect the new change.

As we all get ready to pop the bubbly, celebrate a remarkable year, and count down to midnight, we at StateImpact thought we’d put together a countdown of our own — the top ten most popular posts of 2011. Here’s to a great 2012, a Happy New Year to you and yours, and many thanks for making […]

Year In Review: How Rural Education Changed, And How It Stayed The Same

It’s been an interesting year for schools in Indiana’s hinterland and StateImpact has been there through school closures, referendums, and even the birth of a new kind of Indiana school. In this segment of our “Year in Review” series we revisit the most important news from Indiana’s dusty farm towns and soybean fields.

Year in Review: School Choice, Under God

At the beckoning of a scratchy voice piping in over the PA system every morning, students at Our Lady of Hungary Catholic School rise from their seats to recite a prayer together. It’s a typical scene in a parochial school. But there’s one big difference at this school this year: 65 of the students are […]

Year in Review: The Cost Game In Higher Education

Graduates at Indiana University's winter commencement ceremonies at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

The name of the game in Indiana’s higher education in 2011? Cost of attendance. Cuts to Indiana’s higher education budget led to tuition hikes at many of Indiana’s public universities in the spring. Some state legislators balked after these hikes exceeded a recommended tuition cap, and more funding cuts weren’t out of the question.

Year in Review: 'Failing' Schools, Past and Future

In 2011, Indiana’s lawmakers and top education officials upped the ante for schools with the state’s lowest test scores, launching takeovers of five “failing” schools in Indianapolis and Gary. What’s more, the unprecedented moves, along with the direct interventions in two other schools that state superintendent Tony Bennett announced in August, are likely just the beginning.

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