Indiana Department of Education

Indiana Schools Running Low On Teachers

Jul 14, 2015
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According to the most recent data available from the Indiana Department of Education, the state issued licenses to about 4,500 teachers during the 2013-14 school year. In 2010, that number was 5,500.

Teachers also need separate licenses to teach individual subjects, so the number of total licenses teachers are receiving has dropped more dramatically. The state granted more than 6,000 licenses to first-time teachers in 2013, as opposed to about 16,000 four years earlier.

Summer Food Program Combats Hunger And Learning Loss

Jun 10, 2015
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Nearly half of all public school students in the United States receive a free or reduced price lunch.

That’s according to the latest Kids Count survey from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

But during the summer, kids don’t have access to those meals.

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After only a year on the job, the State Board of Education‘s executive director is leaving. Robert Guffin announced he'll retire at the end of May. He leaves just as some members of the State Board might be leaving, too, as the board is overhauled under a law passed by the legislature this year.

Ritz Works To Make Clear Rule On New Grading System

May 7, 2015
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A vote to approve final rule language for the new A-F school grading system had been on the original agenda for Thursday’s meeting, following months of discussion and opportunities to hear public comment on the proposed changes.

But, the Department of Education presented about 20 additional edits Thursday morning – edits that some board members say they hadn’t seen before. 

Lawmakers Pass Dual Language Pilot Program

Apr 29, 2015
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Lawmakers approved legislation Tuesday encouraging students to learn a second language.

The measure authorizes what’s called a dual language immersion pilot program.

Students in the immersion program would begin simultaneous instruction in two languages beginning in elementary school. The legislature is setting aside $500,000 in grants to pay for it.

Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, who authored the bill, says it could help Indiana graduates as they enter the job market.

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State school superintendent Glenda Ritz would remain chair of the State Board of Education until after she wins or loses reelection next year, under the latest version of a bill to end the feuding between Ritz and the board.

The board would undergo changes first. The bill shrinks it from 11 members to nine starting in June, and shifts two appointments from the governor to the House speaker and Senate president pro tem.

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Legislation to remove Glenda Ritz as chair of the State Board of Education may expand to address other tension points between the board and the superintendent.

Senate President David Long says House and Senate negotiators have talked with Ritz‘s office while seeking what he calls a "holistic fix" to the turf battles which have plagued the board.

"There's only one thing people focus on and that's the chairmanship," says Long. "But for the board to work effectively it must have the information it needs on our outcomes out there to help guide the policy."

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Turf war, moral imperative and a wolf in sheep’s clothing are all descriptions used to explain proposed legislation to overhaul the state intervention laws for failing schools. A bill that began as an initiative of Gov. Mike Pence has faced pushback and considerable changes from opponents --- and supporters alike.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are moving cautiously towards approving legislation that rewrites how the state intervenes in failing schools.

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The road to this year’s ISTEP+ test has been bumpy.

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Two national testing consultants – hired through an executive order Gov. Mike Pence issued this week – presented five recommendations to the State Board of Education Friday of ways to reduce the length of this year’s ISTEP+ test.