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Eric Weddle, WFYI

Indiana’s ESSA Plan Approved By U.S. Department Of Education

 

(Eric Weddle/WFYI Public Media)

(Eric Weddle/WFYI Public Media)

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos approved Indiana’s plan to adhere to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act Friday.

Indiana’s 168-page plan details how state officials will comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind law in 2015.

As part of the guiding policy, Indiana schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick pledged to close the student achievement gap in English and mathematics for special education students, students of color and other unique populations by 50 percent by 2023.

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Report Details How Many Student Transfer Out Of Home School Corp.

Gary Community Schools data taken from the Public Corporation Transfer Report (Credit: Indiana Department of Education)

Gary Community Schools data taken from the Public Corporation Transfer Report (Credit: Indiana Department of Education)

A new state report shows the number of students who transfer in or out of the school corporation boundary they reside in to attend other districts, charter schools or private schools.

The Public Corporation Transfer Report was created by a 2017 state law. The intent is to offer a better understanding of the mobility of students living within a school corporation’s boundary, according to the Indiana Department of Education who compiled and released it.

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Lawmakers Cautious Of 529 College Saving Plans Paying K-12 Tuition

The website of the Indiana Education Savings Authority. (Credit: State of Indiana)

The website of the Indiana Education Savings Authority. (Credit: State of Indiana)

Indiana lawmakers want to study the impact of 529 College Savings Plans on state revenue after a just enacted federal tax change allows the accounts to be spent on tuition at private elementary and high schools.

Legislation in the General Assembly that would have replaced the annual cap on income tax credits for donations to college savings plans with a lifetime limit is being amended to instead shift the issue to a summer study committee.

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School Funding Fix Advances To House

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Legislation that would fix a school funding shortfall unanimously passed out of a key General Assembly committee Wednesday.

The proposal would make up to $75 million dollars available this and next academic school year.

Public schools currently face a $16 million deficit but lawmakers expect it to grow earlier next year when more data on students is available. Another shortfall for the 2018-19 school year could also happen, they say.

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Ivy Tech Wants To Double Degrees Awarded Annually

The Ivy Tech Keith Busse Steel Dynamics Tech Center in Fort Wayne. (Photo courtesy of Ivy Tech Community College)

The Ivy Tech Keith Busse Steel Dynamics Tech Center in Fort Wayne. (Photo courtesy of Ivy Tech Community College)

Ivy Tech Community College’s new strategic plan calls for more than doubling the number of degrees earned by students in the next five years.

Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann wants to boost certifications, certificates and degrees awarded statewide from about 21,000 to 50,000 annually by 2023.

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IPS Board OKs Nearly $1 Billion Tax Referendum For May Ballot

District officials say the new funds are essential to ensure annual pay raises for teachers, enhance special education services and improve safety and security measures at all buildings.

Without the funding, the IPS officials say, a hiring freeze on teachers and staff, cuts to academic programs and reduced transportation services.

“Our goal ultimately is to ensure our students receive the highest quality education that they are entitled to,” says IPS chief of staff Ahmed Young. “In order to do that we have to presume this referendum on the operating and capital side.”


Two taxpayer referendums worth nearly $1 billion were approved unanimously by the Indianapolis Public Schools Board Thursday to be placed on the May primary ballot. It marks the largest property tax increase ever sought by the district. IPS has not sought an increase since its successful campaign in 2008.

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High School Graduation Overhaul Approved Despite Opposition

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick listens during five hours of public comment about the proposed graduation pathways at the State Board of Education meeting Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Eric Weddle/WFYI Public Media)

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick listens during five hours of public comment about the proposed graduation pathways at the State Board of Education meeting Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Eric Weddle/WFYI Public Media)

The State Board of Education approved a controversial rewrite of the high school graduation requirements Wednesday in the face of opposition from school leaders, teachers, parents and professional associations.

During nearly six hours of public comment before the vote, dozens of educators asked for more time to vet the plan since the cost and details around implementation are unknown.

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Purdue Grant Aims To Cover Tuition Gap Left By Financial Aid

Purdue President Mitch Daniels discussed the new Boiler Affordability Grant at a press conference in Indianapolis on Tuesday. Nov. 21, 2017. (Eric Weddle/WFYI News)

Purdue President Mitch Daniels discussed the new Boiler Affordability Grant at a press conference in Indianapolis on Tuesday. Nov. 21. (Eric Weddle/WFYI News)

Low and middle income families can struggle to cover college tuition even after state and federal aid.

A new Purdue University grant aims to cover that gap for in-state students earning a first bachelor’s degree.

The Boiler Affordability Grant will cover tuition, fees and book expenses for undergraduates at the West Lafayette campus. Room and board would not be covered.

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A-Rated School Corporations More Than Double In 2017

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(Rachel Morello/StateImpact Indiana)

The State Board of Education approved school corporation A-F letter grades Wednesday for the 2016-2017 school year.

Of the state 289 school corporations 48 earned an A on for 2017. That’s more than double the number of districts that earned the top grade last year – 23 corporations.

Of the districts assigned 2017 grades: 149 assigned B; 63 assigned C; Six assigned; One assigned F.

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High-Speed Internet For Indiana Schools Is Goal Of New Partnership

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, EducationSuperHighway CEO Evan Marwell and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick annouce a partnership to improve high-speed broadband access to Indiana schools on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township's Blue Academy. (Eric Weddle/WFYI News)

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, EducationSuperHighway CEO Evan Marwell and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick annouce a partnership to improve high-speed broadband access to Indiana schools on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township\’s Blue Academy. (Eric Weddle/WFYI News)

A national nonprofit is partnering with Indiana to improve high-speed internet access for schools across Indiana during the next two years.

The focus will be on 30 schools that lack high-speed fiber connections. There will also be assistance for school districts to apply for federal grants to improve broadband infrastructure or increase classroom Wi-Fi access.

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