Jennifer McCormick

All Indiana Schools Closed Through May 1, Holcomb Orders

Mar 19, 2020

Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered all Indiana schools – public and non-public – to remain closed until at least May 1 while all standardized tests are canceled for this school year.

Teachers once again gathered at the Statehouse, following up on their Red for Ed rally in November. The Indiana Coalition for Public Education demanded action from legislators.

Gov. Eric Holcomb proposed a new plan to free up state dollars for teacher pay in his State of the State address Tuesday. That plan could be implemented this year – but Holcomb wants to wait for 2021.

Efforts to keep state funding out of schools that discriminate against staff and students are back at the statehouse. 

The Department of Workforce Development is proposing a cut in state funding for several life-skills classes that teach things like basic nutrition and personal finance. The plan has upset some teachers and education officials. 

It’s a Tuesday morning, just before 7. It’s still dark outside and a group of more than 20 teachers from Bedford, just south of Bloomington, are getting on a school bus. They’re going to the Statehouse. 

Thousands of educators gathered outside the Indiana statehouse for the “Red for Ed” rally Tuesday to support public education. The Indiana State Teacher Association says its focus is three-pronged: ILEARN hold harmless, repeal career awareness licensure requirement, and use surplus money for public schools.

The state’s schools chief has announced what she plans to prioritize during her final year in office.

Scores from the so-called nation’s report card – also known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress – were released this week, and test performance from Hoosier students dropped slightly in reading.

Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Gary) officially kicked off his run for governor Tuesday after months of exploring a bid.

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