Today is the deadline to apply for school vouchers for the 2012-2013 school year.  Preliminary figures show the number of applications has already doubled from last year, but they still don’t approach the voucher program caps.

More than 8,500 students have signed up to participate in Indiana’s school voucher program this year.  That’s up from more than 3,900 students who took part last year, the program’s first year in existence.

State Department of Education spokesman Alex Damron says the numbers speak to the program’s success.

LSC begins new strategic planning process

Jul 24, 2012

The Lafayette School Corporation’s current strategic plan is five years old, and is set to expire at the end of 2012.

Superintendent Les Huddle says the new strategy should come as a smooth transition from its predecessor.

"We want to look at more of a revision than a total wipeout. Again, there are some things accomplished that were in the current strategic plan that we'll be able to pull out. There are some things that weren't accomplished that we need to check and see if they're still a priority."

2012 ISTEP results

Jul 10, 2012

The state’s ISTEP scores are out and area school corporations are showing mostly positive results.

The statewide figure for all students passing both the English-Language Arts and Math portions of the test is 71%.

Five of the 21 public school corporations in and around Tippecanoe County are below that level. Those are Lafayette, Attica, Community Schools of Frankfort, Southeast Fountain and North Montgomery.

IN higher ed gets mixed reviews

Jun 26, 2012

Indiana’s colleges and universities are getting mixed grades from a national report.

Leaders & Laggards, which works in conjunction with the U.S Chamber of Commerce, gives the state’s higher education institutions an A-grade for their policy environment and innovative online learning.

However, four year schools received a D-mark for efficiency and cost-effectiveness.  The report also gave a D for student access and success at two year institutions.

The study analyzed eleven categories for every state, grading each with marks between an A and an F.