Legislation to improve employability, or soft skills, for Hoosier students is another step closer to becoming law. Those include things like getting to work on time and working well with others.
An Indiana Senate committee has decided to postpone voting on a controversial school financials bill because of its effect on Muncie and Gary schools. Some committee members say the bill too radically changes plans lawmakers approved last session.
The Gary Community Schools Corporation faces massive debt and academic failures. In a last-ditch attempt to save the schools, state lawmakers took the extreme option last year to take it over by using laws that transferred financial and academic control to a state-hired emergency manager.
It was a controversial move that lawmakers hoped would give Gary Schools a second chance even as decades of decline in population and industry continue to drag down the district’s enrollment and state funding.
But there’s little evidence to say whether this method can save a school corporation on the brink. Other urban districts in similar situations have struggled under intervention for years with varied results.
More than 10,000 students have fled the district in the past decade for charter schools or nearby city schools. Today enrollment has fallen to around 4,700 K-12 students.
The person expected to fix it all is Lake County-native Peggy Hinckley, the emergency manager. To save the corporation — she must reinvent the district by consolidating schools, reshaping academic programs and attracting new students. It’s more than finding savings.
A multi-state effort aimed at getting more women in the cybersecurity career pipeline comes to the web this month.
High school girls from 16 states will participate in the six-day Girls Go CyberStart program starting next week. It’s an online series of challenges to test a participant’s interest and potential in the cybersecurity field, and includes activities around web attacks, programming, and computer forensics.
Notre Dame found an undergraduate working as an athletic training assistant wrote or substantially edited assignments for several football players.
Part of the athlete’s punishment under the University’s academic honor code changed the student’s grades, making them retroactively ineligible for competition.
Though flex days and e-learning days seem similar, e-learning days are used when schools close due to bad weather. They exist so schools don’t have to make up days at the end of the school year.
But, Southwest Allen County School Superintendent Philip G. Downs says flex days have a different purpose.
“It’s a scheduled day, where parents and everybody knows on this day we are going to run an e-learning day and in the morning our teachers get professional development and in the afternoon they are online with kids,” said Dr. Downs.
The average cost of full-time childcare per year in Indiana is about $8,800. But if you live in Delaware County, add another $2,000 to that bill.
Tami Silverman is the CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute. It’s the organization that collects statewide data on children used in state and national reports. She says Delaware County has the second-highest childcare cost in the state, following only Hamilton County.
Legislation to lower the age at which Hoosier children must attend school failed in the General Assembly again this year, but the conversation isn’t likely to end any time soon.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick included lowering the compulsory school age as one of her priorities for this year, and so did the Indiana State Teachers’ Association.
Just a year ago, students were shuffling to and from class under the towering chapel on the St. Joseph’s campus. It’s since fallen silent.
The grounds are still manicured to look as if class is to be let out any second – save the concrete barriers blocking the entrance that read ‘private property – no trespassing.’
Across the road in Drexel Hall, only 17 employees remain. They’ve been dubbed ‘the Phoenix Team’ – working to get St. Joe’s to rise from the ashes of financial ruin.
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