Jennifer McCormick

A statewide listening tour with Indiana’s schools chief and a state senator kicked off Thursday night. The duo will focus on education concerns from Hoosiers, but the tour isn’t without controversy.

The state’s Secured School Safety Grants are changing this year and applications are expected to open soon, after lawmakers added more money to the fund and expanded how schools can use the money during the legislative session. 

Starting next month teachers will need to spend time focused on career awareness in order to renew their licenses. More than 22,700 – about a third of all teachers in the state – have started the process to renew their licenses compared to just 514 at this time last year.

Approximately 1,000 school administrators from Indiana and neighboring states gathered in Indianapolis Monday for the 20th Annual School Safety Specialist Academy. 

Mental health and social-emotional learning are a central topics for the two-day training, which comes after two school shootings in Indiana last year. The training is designed to help school officials navigate "best practices" of school safety. 

The Indiana Department of Education says Indiana’s teacher shortage is counterproductive to its priorities.

Youth Summit Addresses Substance Abuse Prevention

Apr 17, 2019

Dozens of Indiana students attended a substance abuse prevention summit at the Statehouse. The event highlighted the expansion of one program to reduce prescription drug abuse. 

While lawmakers in the Senate decided the fate of several bills Tuesday, a group of public education advocates wearing red gathered downstairs. Teachers unions, the Coalition for Public Education and Indiana PTA helped organize the event as a near-final push for more money in the state budget as the legislative session winds down.

Lawmakers in the Senate gave final approval on a bill Tuesday to make Indiana’s next schools chief an appointed one. Now the bill heads to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk for his signature.

House Republicans are proposing a budget with modest funding increases for schools, as well as some additional dollars they say should go to educators, but advocates say it still isn’t enough for meaningful boosts to teacher pay.

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.

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