Education

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House Republicans have vowed to give schools a bigger funding boost than what Governor Pence has proposed.

But they‘re still looking for the right balance between urban and suburban districts.

Republicans have worked in the last several budgets to link school funding more directly with enrollment, while awarding extra money based on the number of students considered at-risk. The "complexity index" for at-risk students has primarily reflected students in the federal school lunch program.

City of Frankfort

The beginning of a calendar year is often the time for “state of” addresses: State of the Union, State of the State, etc.

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes is getting set to deliver his state of the city address and this week we ask him what he feels he’s accomplished and what’s been pushed to the back burner.

Also on the show: we talk money in education. Should taxpayers be expected to pick up a $30 million tab for renovating Frankfort High School, even as the school district flounders on state grading metrics?

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Governor Mike Pence plans to increase performance pay for teachers, but some argue the policy he outlined in Tuesday’s State of the State address is not in teachers’ best interests.

Purdue political scientist Robert Browning says the policy may be a way to pacify both conservatives who favor performance pay over raises, but still give pay increases to the 90-percent of teachers who qualify for bonuses because the state regards them as “effective”.

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Indiana Board of Education members are questioning the state’s teacher evaluation system after data released this week shows nearly all teachers were ranked effective.

Close to 89 percent of teachers, principals and superintendents ranked in the top two categories, "effective" and "highly effective” for the 2013-14 school year, and in F-rated Indiana schools, only about 5 percent of teachers were rated as "ineffective" or "needs improvement."

That last number in particular is leading several board members to ask whether the evaluation system is tough enough.

State of Indiana

Governor Mike Pence announced Thursday that he intends to sign an executive order to dissolve his education agency, the Center for Education and Career Innovation. 

Pence expressed pride in the work CECI has done in the last two years, but says he is aware of the controversy that has surrounded this center since its creation. He says his decision is the first step to get the State Board of Education working again.

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Indiana’s school principals changed the way they evaluate their teachers two years ago – and it’s been no secret that not everyone likes the modified evaluation system.

But a new study shows teachers tend to be a bit more skeptical about the system than the administrators in their buildings.

Teachers are now evaluated annually, and much of the process is left up to each individual school district.

Indiana Superintendents Meet With President Obama On Tech

Nov 19, 2014
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Eight Indiana school superintendents are meeting with President Obama to spotlight the ways they‘ve incorporated technology into the classroom.

The superintendents are among 117 nationwide invited to a White House summit to compare notes on how they‘ve used computers and other devices to make teaching more effective.

Yorktown Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says her district is using software in areas from teaching kindergarteners to read to advanced-placement chemistry.

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Glenwood Leadership Academy’s statistics are bleak: 96-percent of students qualify for free/reduced price lunch. Only 29-percent passed both the English Language Arts and Math sections of last year’s ISTEP. And for the past five years, the school received an F from the state.

Glenwood is one of those five schools the district is working to improve, but these low numbers don’t seem to affect the attitudes of students or teachers.

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Fourth District Congressman Todd Rokita says if re-elected for a third term, education reform would be

one of his priorities.

The Republican wants to give states the power to set their own benchmarks for K-12 education instead of being held to the guidelines in the No Child Left Behind Act.

Rokita says he would also seek to streamline the application process for federal loans and grant applications for higher education.

His challenger, John Dale, has been a government and history teacher at Western Boone High School for 24 years.

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Take a minute - think about your typical morning routine.

Now, imagine your boss asks you to come in an hour earlier. You’d have to shift that routine, maybe eliminate it altogether, or else sacrifice sleep.

This is something teenagers across the country are experiencing as they’re being asked to get to school earlier than they’re used to. And it’s throwing off not only their morning routine, but their sleep schedule as well.

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