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The state’s first set of coalition schools received approval from the State Board of Education Wednesday. The group of districts will waive some state requirements to change how they offer career and technical education, or CTE.

State's Virtual Schools Committee Holds First Meeting

Jun 13, 2018

A new state committee focused on virtual charter schools met for the first time Tuesday. It marks the beginning of an investigation into those schools by state officials.

A key lawmaker at the Indiana statehouse is urging other legislative leaders to focus more on school safety and is asking for an annual study committee on the issue.

Early Learning Grants Awarded In 16 Counties

Jun 6, 2018
(Elle Moxley/StateImpact Indiana)

The state is giving different early learning providers across Indiana more funding as a part of efforts to improve quality and access to preschool programs.

The Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) announced the recipients of more than $1.5 million dollars in grant money this week, for expanding the capacity of early learning across the state.

Dyslexia: Finally Finding Time In The Spotlight

Jun 6, 2018

Grant Hartley is a fourth grader. He loves playing with Legos after school and says his favorite subject is gym.

Grant likes school, but he struggles sometimes – he has dyslexia.

For some people with dyslexia, reading typed words on a page is just as frustrating as trying to read a bowl of alphabet soup.

“It’s kind of hard like you got to figure out like which one would make the best sense in a sentence,” he says.

Indiana Schools Recognized For Counseling Programs

Jun 1, 2018

A national organization says Indiana is a leader for comprehensive school counselor programming and services, and several Hoosier schools earned special recognition from the group.

Jill Cook, assistant director of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), says the Indiana school counseling scene is strong compared to other states.

“Indiana has been a great leader in showing the possibilities of collaboration with the state association and with the state department of education,” she says.

State Withholds Funding For 4-Year-Old Kindergartners

May 30, 2018

Schools who choose to enroll 4-year-olds in kindergarten will pay the price, as a new law prevents schools from receiving state dollars for kids who aren’t old enough at the start of the school year.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the program at Chapel Hill 7th and 8th Grade Center. (Photo by Sarah Panfil/WFYI)

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced plans Tuesday to fund $2 million in new scholarship programs for low-income residents. It’s part of a broad effort to address gaps in the labor market, and to help more residents attain post-secondary credentials.

In his State of the City address last year, Hogsett announced the creation of a task force that would work to improve college access for low-income residents.

Indiana is no stranger to school closures due to bad weather, but increased eLearning options have allowed more schools to avoid extending the academic year into summer.

A school year is 180 instructional days, but what that instruction looks like in Indiana has shifted in recent years to include more eLearning, or days when students stay home and access assignments through a computer.

State Department of Education eLearning Director Candice Dodson, says schools can use eLearning days for several reasons.

State Releases New ILEARN Sample Questions

May 21, 2018

The State Department of Education (IDOE) has released sample questions for Indiana’s new standardized test that rolls out next year.

Elementary and middle school students will first take the state’s new ILEARN assessment in Spring 2019, and the sample item release offers a first look at the new exam created with test-writer group American Institutes for Research.

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