Casey Smith

Casey Smith

A lifelong Hoosier, Casey Smith previously reported on the Indiana Legislature for The Associated Press. Internationally, she has reported on water quality across South America. She holds a master’s degree in investigative reporting and narrative science writing from the University of California/Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She previously earned degrees in journalism, anthropology and Spanish from Ball State University, where she now serves as an instructor of journalism.

Indiana state budget committee approves 35% increase to Frank O’Bannon Grant

By: - November 7, 2022

Thousands of Hoosiers will now qualify to have most or all of their college tuition and fees covered by financial aid after state leaders green-lit a request to up the number of grant dollars available to each student. The State Budget Committee last week approved a 35% increase to the maximum base-award amounts available under […]

Indiana education officials finding ways to cut down, revamp state education standards

By: - November 3, 2022

Indiana’s education leaders are revamping the state’s academic standards by cutting back current requirements and streamlining the content that teachers are required to cover in a school year. Determining what’s most important for Indiana students to learn is no easy task, however, as indicated by members of the Indiana State Board of Education during a […]

Judge rules ballot access lawsuit filed by Indiana Green, Libertarian parties can move forward

By: - November 2, 2022

A legal challenge to Indiana’s ballot access law will move forward after a federal judge ruled last week that the lawsuit brought by the Indiana Green and Libertarian parties requires a “fact-intensive” review. The lawsuit was filed in March in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. It alleges that minor parties […]

PAC led by former Indy mayor Bart Peterson gives big to pro-charter school candidates

By: - October 31, 2022

Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings has donated more than $1 million to an Indiana political action committee chaired by a former Democratic mayor of Indianapolis. In turn, that pro-charter school PAC has become a large contributor to Indiana Republicans, campaign finance records show. Hoosiers for Great Public Schools was created in April 2020 and is headed […]

U.S. Sen. Todd Young mocked on social media for gas price messaging mishap

By: and - October 27, 2022

U.S. Sen. Todd Young faced a social media pile-on this week after a post bashing gas prices. But behind the mocking, millions of Hoosiers are still struggling to stretch their dollars amid inflation. The Indiana Republican is up against Democrat Thomas McDermott, the mayor of Hammond, and Libertarian James Sceniak on Election Day, Nov. 8. […]

Indiana lawmakers weigh increased funding for school districts with at-risk, low-income students

By: - October 26, 2022

In response to repeated requests from school officials and education advocates, Indiana lawmakers might be inclined to increase the amount of money the state awards to schools with at-risk and low-income student populations. The deliberations come ahead of the General Assembly’s January return to the Statehouse, when writing is set to begin on a new […]

Indiana lawmakers approve recommendations for new education policy

By: - October 25, 2022

A group of Indiana lawmakers on Monday approved recommendations for multiple education bills expected to be filed during the 2023 legislative session — but dropped a controversial proposal at the last minute. The bipartisan interim education committee approved its report unanimously after hearing testimony last week from education advocates, school officials and business leaders. Many […]

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Two Hoosiers try to take out incumbent Todd Young in U.S. Senate race

By: - October 24, 2022

Just weeks before Hoosiers descend on voting polls, Indiana Republican U.S. Sen. Todd Young is leaning on a recent legislative success in Congress and steering away from controversial topics like abortion that could get in the way of his reelection campaign. Young is up against Democrat Thomas McDermott, the mayor of Hammond, who is quick […]

Judge weighs injunction in separate religious freedom lawsuit against Indiana’s abortion ban

By: - October 14, 2022

A Marion County judge heard arguments Friday in a lawsuit that seeks to strike down the state’s near-total abortion ban on the basis of Indiana’s controversial religious freedom law. The legal challenge up for debate was filed in August by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana. The class action lawsuit argues that the […]

Fall enrollment flat at Indiana’s public colleges but longterm trend is a concern

By: - October 14, 2022

Overall fall enrollment at colleges across the state of Indiana stayed about the same this year, but the number of students attending those schools over the last five to 15 years is on a downward slide. That’s according to data released Thursday by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE). The college attendance numbers reflect […]

Indiana clean energy jobs jump nearly 7% after 2020 losses

By: - October 13, 2022

Clean energy businesses in Indiana added more than 5,600 jobs last year, according to a new report released Wednesday. That’s after Indiana lost nearly 3% of its clean energy workforce in 2020, mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual Clean Jobs Midwest report — compiled by Environmental Entrepreneurs, a green business advocacy group — shows […]

Indiana Supreme Court steps into abortion case, keeps ban on hold

By: - October 12, 2022

The Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday took jurisdiction of a lawsuit over the state’s new, near-total abortion ban — a move that likely keeps abortion access in Indiana safe for several more months. The state’s highest court granted a request by Republican Attorney General Todd Rokita to bypass the Indiana Court of Appeals. The court […]