Education news

Schools are getting letter grade ratings this year from both the state and federal government, and because of new education law, some schools will get two different ratings.

Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) resigned Friday as the chairman of the powerful Education & Career Development Committee. He said in a statement the position is rewarding, but it has also been demanding for him and his family. 

On Friday, the Indiana Department of Education announced its six-year plan to further implement science, technology, engineering, and math into Indiana’s K-12 schools. This push aims to prepare Indiana’s students for college and careers.

In the upcoming legislative session, the IDOE plans to request $20 million in funding to support STEM programs across the state.

Amanda McCammon, the IDOE’s Workforce & STEM Alliances chief, says helping schools overcome funding challenges and providing equitable access to STEM programs across the state will be essential.

Voters Approve Most School Funding Referenda Statewide

Nov 7, 2018

Most school corporations across the state with funding referenda on the ballot won approval from voters Tuesday night; only three school corporations’ measures failed.

A recent report from the think tank Center for American Progress looks at so-called childcare deserts in Indiana.

Calls for bolstering safety at Indiana’s schools increased in the wake of the May 25 shooting at Noblesville Middle School West. Lawmakers responded by creating loans of up to $500,000 for safety initiatives and the Governor’s office offered free metal detectors to schools.

But communities and schools leaders have sought more expansive actions, from hiring armed resource officers to installing new closed-circuit systems in school.

Candidates aren’t the only ones with high hopes during election season, as schools turn to voters for more funding support. This November there are a dozen school construction and operations referenda up for consideration – that’s more than any other November election since 2010.

But local tax expert and Purdue professor of agricultural economics Larry DeBoer says school referenda are still pretty rare statewide. About 60 percent of districts have never asked voters to approve additional funding for their schools.

Lawmakers say pre-K expansion will remain a key issue heading into the 2019 legislative session. A panel of legislators addressed the state of pre-K and Indiana’s program for low-income families, On My Way Pre-K, at an Early Education Summit.

The state’s top education official announced Monday that she will not seek a second term, meaning the next person to hold the office could be appointed by the governor.

A committee tasked with helping the state figure out how to keep a better watch on schools’ fiscal health heard from school leaders and officials Thursday, as the group comes up with a list of factors to monitor.