Democratic members of the Senate Appropriations Committee proposed several amendments to House Bill 1315 that would have changed or eliminated new rules for Muncie and Gary schools, now in the hands of state emergency managers. But with nine Republican members to four Democrats, those amendments failed on votes from majority members.
One proposed change would have limited Ball State University’s involvement with the school district to five years, ending in mid-2023. As Democratic Senator Greg Taylor points out, the plan currently does not have an end date.
A bill allowing Ball State University to run Muncie Community Schools is headed to the full Senate for consideration. As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, Republicans and Democrats on the Senate committee moving the bill forward wanted different things from this measure, and today’s votes on amend
The House Education listens to testimony on SB 387 in the chamber Tuesday. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)
Lawmakers are looking for ways to address the state teacher shortage, and a House committee amended a bill Tuesday, to allow more people to work before they pass their licensing exam.
Some teachers say the initial teacher licensing test contributes to the state’s teacher shortage, and SB 387 aims to address that. Originally, the bill waived content licensing exams for teachers as long as they maintained high grades in their teacher prep coursework, and tried to pass the test at least twice, among other requirements.
Parents voiced outrage and shock about materials used to teach students about slavery. The chapter’s headline read “Cotton-pickin’ Singing.” MCCSC started using the material last school year.
At a public meeting addressing the curriculum Monday, Superintendent Judy DeMuth says no one pointed out the offensive content sooner because teachers often have a lot on their plates.
“When you’re teaching, it’s a very busy day,” DeMuth says. “You get in there, you have the documents in front of you, you’re doing what you need to do and there’s not a lot of reflective thought that goes into trying to prepare.”
Officials from the Monroe County Community School Corporation say they’ll focus on improving diversity training and curriculum standards after concerns about social studies material sent home with students a few weeks ago. “As a multi-cultural family, we often have to deal with these things.”
Many community leaders spoke, but students and educators led the discussion. Panashe Chakabva is the senior class president at Homestead High School, and says leaders have regularly listened to their coffers, not their constituents.
“Until a law is written, voted on and sent to the desk of the president for signature, those politicians can save it,” Chakabva said, to cheers from the crowd.
“We need you grown-ups to do what you were elected to do: to carry out the will of the people. We need you to disregard the millions of dollars of campaign contributions from the NRA and do your jobs,” she said.
Students in Northeast Indiana are mobilizing following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this month, and held a rally against gun violence Sunday. Hundreds of residents flocked to the Allen County Courthouse, many wearing orange in solidarity with victims of gun violence.
The Indiana State Teachers Association opposes President Trump’s suggestion to arm teachers with guns to fortify schools against mass shootings. ISTA Vice President and middle school music teacher Keith Gambill says educators need to focus on teaching.
Photo: Lissandra Melo (Shutterstock.com) The Brown County school board will take its final vote this week on a $3 million bond resolution to improve security and technology at schools. Some of the money will go toward securing the front entrances at the intermediate and junior high schools.
A teacher from Parkland, Florida spoke to Indiana University education students Friday about the recent shooting at her high school. Katherine Posada is a language arts teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and an Indiana University alumnus. She survived last week’s mass shooting after taking cover with her students in a classroom.
Indiana House Speaker Brain Bosma (R-Indianapolis). (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lawmakers in the House made a few small changes to a controversial sex education bill Thursday, but debate in the chamber also took an unexpected turn.
Senate Bill 65 centers around parental consent to sex education in schools, but when the bill went to the House chamber for changes, Rep. Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) offered an amendment to shift the entire focus of the bill – specifically, to require active shooter response training for students. Continue Reading →
The first activity of the day was for the girls to build a structure out of clay and straws to withstand an earthquake, simulated by shaking a piece of cardboard on top of tennis balls. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)
The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates around a quarter of STEM jobs are filled by women, but an event in south central Indiana this weekend aimed at giving Girl Scouts a chance to hone their inner-engineer.