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Education took up more than half of the state’s last two-year budget, and so far teacher pay looks to be a big focus in 2019, but that’s not the only education issue policymakers plan – or need – to address next year.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently rolled back Obama-era guidance aimed at preventing schools from disciplining students of color more harshly than their peers, but at least one lawmaker says it likely won’t affect efforts on the issue in the state.

The number of virtual school programs in Indiana nearly doubled over the past four years, and new data from the state department of education reveals rapid growth in virtual student enrollment.

Only 18 virtual school programs existed in 2014, according to the report from the Indiana Department of Education. Now, 38 schools say they offer virtual programs, where students spend more than 50 percent of their instructional time learning via technology.

Shooting At Richmond School, Teenage Shooter Dead

Dec 13, 2018

Indiana State Police say the mother of the shooter at a Richmond middle school called in a tip to police – preventing others from being hurt.

Indiana’s state schools superintendent says state lawmakers have told the Indiana Department of Education that the next state budget will be tight and there will be less money than expected for education.

Jennifer McCormick says since the Department of Child Services has asked for hundreds of millions more dollars a year, that means less for other agencies.

Holcomb To Push For Short- And Long-term Teacher Raises

Dec 12, 2018

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants to raise teacher salaries in the long and the short term. Last week, Holcomb drew criticism after saying he may delay the issue until 2021. 

"We’ve got to identify hundreds of millions of dollars and the means to get it into teacher paychecks," Holcomb says, "It's going to require a multi-budget effort and I'm committed to addressing the short-term and solving the long-term issue at hand."

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A male student is suing Indiana University for Title IX violations, alleging the school's investigation into rape accusations was biased against him because of his gender.

It's the latest in a series of lawsuits invoking the federal civil rights law on behalf of men accused of sexual assault. 

The Incident

A lawsuit against Indianapolis Public Schools claims the district used deceptive marketing about a university partnership to attract a family to one of its schools. At least one expert says without any marketing regulations, misinformation and segregation in schools could continue.

The Indiana State Teacher Association announced teacher compensation is one of its top legislative priorities.

A pair of Gary lawmakers is calling for the state to end its contract with the group running the financially distressed Gary Community Schools Corporation.

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