Education news

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Indiana's high school graduation rate held steady in 2020, according to new data from the State Department of Education. 

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The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Indiana for how it has handled special education during the pandemic.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb's state budget proposal is receiving mixed reviews from education groups, after he unveiled his financial priorities for the state last week.


Indiana’s first and newly appointed Secretary of Education was voted in as chair of the State Board of Education by its members Wednesday. Now, Secretary Katie Jenner, who also heads the Department of Education, faces a major policy challenge -- crafting a new school accountability system.

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School leaders in Indiana are making plans for their staff to get vaccinated for COVID-19. In some counties, initial doses have already become available for teachers, while others are still waiting without much information about when they'll get their shot.

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With the upcoming legislative session rapidly approaching, lawmakers are gearing up for a series of major decisions – including how much money to send to schools. But lawmakers also plan to look at the way money gets to schools, and supporting teachers as the pandemic continues.


Indiana's school nurses are facing more demands than ever this year, as they help students, their families, and educators navigate the pandemic, but some are feeling burnt out after months of high-intensity work.

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For every one child enrolled in an afterschool program, three are still waiting to get in, according to a recent report from a national afterschool group. Advocates say that's a problem, since those programs can play a key role in addressing educational and economic inequalities further highlighted and exasperated by the pandemic.

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Indiana's teachers unions are pressing lawmakers to take significant action on teacher compensation in 2021. The American Federation of Teachers Indiana and the Indiana State Teachers Association released their legislative priorities this week. 

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Without additional emergency pandemic funding, the upcoming legislative session in Indiana will be critical, especially for schools.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb will appoint Katie Jenner as Indiana's first-ever appointed education secretary. Holcomb announced his pick for the state's top school official in a statement Thursday.

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With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in Indiana, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced new restrictions for the hardest-hit counties starting this weekend, including limits on K-12 school events.

Indiana's Student Count Declines During Pandemic

Nov 10, 2020
Indiana Public Broadcasting

A clearer understanding of the pandemic’s impact on Indiana’s public schools is starting to take shape.

New data from the Indiana Department of Education shows the number of students attending traditional public or charter schools fell by nearly 15,000 students, or about 1.5 percent compared to last fall.

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Indiana educators say the stakes for schools are particularly high in this year's election – especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. With Election Day nearly here, teachers say their advocacy includes extending their role as an educator beyond the classroom.

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Racial equity issues have been an afterthought – if mentioned at all – in most Indiana school board races in past years. But after this summer’s social justice protests, students and communities are demanding school boards address systemic racism and a wide range of connected issues.