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An Indiana program to keep college graduates in the state will expand its focus to a broad range of work-based learning opportunities as it aims to connect everyone from high schoolers to adults to the workforce.


Many Indiana educators say they're frustrated that they aren't being prioritized for vaccines as many parents and policymakers press for more in-person learning. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)

One of the only options for Indiana educators who otherwise aren't eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine has been shut down as the state enforces previously unknown rules on standby list eligibility. 


COVID-19 shut down school buildings last spring, resulting in the cancellation of standardized tests. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)

The U.S. Department of Education, USDOE, says spring standardized testing will continue this year after being canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, but the federal government is offering states some flexibility in how those tests are administered and how the data is used. 


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Controversial legislation that would create Indiana's first educational savings account program and expand the eligibility of state-funded private school vouchers to families with double the state's median income passed out of the House Tuesday.

A bipartisan group of former Indiana education chiefs are speaking out against Republican-led legislation to expand the state’s private school voucher program. Jennifer McCormick, Glenda Ritz and Suellen Reed Goddard released a letter criticizing the proposals for diverting funding away from traditional public school students.

Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) is the chief architect of the House Republican budget proposal. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Indiana House Republicans want to spend at least $65 million less on traditional K-12 schools in their state budget plan than Gov. Eric Holcomb proposed.

Jeanie Lindsay / IPB News

Indiana schools will have more than $881 million available starting next month to help pay for the ongoing fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the latest round of emergency federal funding. 

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box says data suggests spread of COVID-19 is rare in classrooms when everyone is wearing a mask. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Most teachers and students won’t have to quarantine anymore after a positive COVID-19 case in the classroom. That’s according to new guidance from the Indiana Department of Health.

Emilie Syberg

In a letter sent to Governor Eric Holcomb on Tuesday, teachers in the Greater Lafayette area called on the state to prioritize teachers in its vaccine rollout. 

 

  


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Lawmakers in both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly have approved legislation to provide full funding for schools operating virtually during the pandemic after the Senate approved its version of the bill Tuesday. 

An Indianapolis parent is suing the State Board of Education after it changed a policy to ensure full funding for students learning remotely because of COVID-19. It's part of an ongoing advocacy effort by parents who want virtual schools funded at the same level as brick-and-mortar schools.


The Indiana State Teachers Association is the largest teacher union in the state. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)

Teachers may be required to take extra steps to pay union dues if a bill discussed Wednesday becomes law. It’s the only paycheck deduction that would have new requirements, and the Indiana State Teachers Association says it singles out and attacks them. 


Indiana showed some improvement in economic well-being and education outcomes for children, according to an annual report, but the state still struggles to improve children’s health.


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Most Hoosiers value education beyond high school, according to an annual survey, but almost three-quarters believe financial strains from the COVID-19 pandemic pushed higher education further out of reach.

(Provided by Indiana University Health)

The limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines is causing tension as states roll out plans for who should get shots first, and school advocates in Indiana are pressing for more access for teachers.

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