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Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers speaks at an annual event in the statehouse. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)
Jeanie Lindsay

 

The public’s confidence in higher education needs to improve. That was the message from Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers during this year’s annual address.

Lubbers says despite more students finishing degrees on time, some groups – including people in rural communities – still question its value. She pushed back on that idea.

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Purdue University officially launched its controversial joint venture with what was formerly known as Kaplan University Monday. Officials say the newly-rebranded Purdue Global is targeted toward ‘working adults.’

Gary Mayor: Lawmakers Need To Stay Out Of Our Schools

Apr 2, 2018
The mayor of Gary says lawmakers should let the current emergency management process function without further interference. (Steve Burns/WTIU)
Jeanie Lindsay

 

Lawmakers worked on a controversial school financial management bill this year, but it died in the last minutes of the regular session. The mayor of Gary says lawmakers should avoid more community specific mandates during the special session.

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Lauren Chapman

More than a dozen Indiana schools are working to implement dual language programs. The state is helping them with funding, but some schools say what they need from the state now is more information on how to structure the programs.

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Lauren Chapman

How to fix a statewide teacher shortage is still a big question for many schools, but an Indianapolis-based group has announced a new effort to recruit more qualified teachers, in a city with high turnover rates.

Dr. Byron Ernest is the secretary of the Indiana State Board of Education. (Eric Weddle/WFYI News)
Jeanie Lindsay

Changes to education in Indiana are coming over the next two years with new standardized tests and federal education law, but members of the State Board of Education plan to postpone another shift around school accountability.

Supt. of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick spoke with the press Monday, to discuss education matters for the state. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)
Jeanie Lindsay

There will be a special legislative session later this year. The governor made the official announcement Monday, and lawmakers will likely take up some unfinished education issues when they reconvene.

School Safety Measure, Funding Fails Last Minute

Mar 15, 2018
(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

The same day students across the nation staged demonstrations around school safety, Indiana lawmakers failed to pass a bill to address the same issue in the final minutes of the 2018 legislative session. It passed the Senate, but lawmakers in the House failed to vote on the bill before the midnight deadline.

General Assembly Approves Single Diploma Bill

Mar 15, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

The General Assembly passed legislation to create a single high school diploma structure in Indiana.

It still allows for students to add distinctions for academic or technical honors to their diplomas.

Students Stage Walkout Across Indiana

Mar 14, 2018
Bethany Christian students gather in the gym lobby for a walkout in remembrance of the Parkland shooting, and to protest for gun law reform and safer schools. (Jennifer Weingart/WVPE)
Lauren Chapman

Students across Indiana joined a national walkout movement to protest federal inaction on preventing school shootings. They left classes at 10 a.m., for 17 minutes in recognition of the 17 students and faculty members who died in the Parkland, Florida, shooting.

The day of action also marks the final day of the 2018 legislative session.

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