Education

New Indiana education dashboard set to go live this fall

BY: - September 23, 2022

Indiana education officials will soon launch a new online dashboard that seeks to increase transparency around school performance data. Members of the State Board of Education announced Wednesday that the new Indiana Graduates Prepared to Succeed (GPS) will go live this fall, although an exact launch date has yet to be determined. The site will […]

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Keeping criminals out of classrooms

BY: - September 22, 2022

The teacher shortage is devastating schools and families across the country According to Dr. David Bateman, a professor at Shippensburg University, “The talent pipeline has literally dried up. This is the new normal. We are expecting this drought for at least the next five years because the well has completely run dry. There are no […]

White House: More than 850K Hoosiers eligible for student loan debt forgiveness

BY: - September 21, 2022

More than 850,000 Hoosiers could see at least some of their federal student loan debt forgiven through President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program. Roughly 856,400 Hoosiers are eligible to have at least $10,000 in student loan debt canceled, the White House announced Tuesday. Most of those recipients – about 555,500 – could have up […]

Indiana CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan sees record investment, surpassing $20 million

BY: - September 21, 2022

Hoosiers are investing more than ever before in the state’s 529 college savings plan CDs, according to the Indiana treasurer of state. For the first time, the state’s CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan has surpassed $20 million in assets, Indiana Treasurer of State Kelly Mitchell announced Tuesday. This milestone marks the highest balance on record […]

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Librarians left out of literacy initiative

BY: - September 20, 2022

As an educator, I was initially thrilled by the announcement that the state of Indiana and the Lilly Foundation are partnering to invest millions toward improving early literacy rates in our state. It is alarming to see a nearly 10% decrease in the number of third graders who have met reading benchmarks over the past […]

An ‘unprecedented flood’ of book bans engulfs U.S. school districts, PEN report says

BY: - September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — More than 1,600 book titles across 32 states were banned from public schools during the 2021-2022 school year, with the bulk of the ban requests coming from a handful of right-wing groups pushing for censorship of books that feature LGBTQ+ characters and characters of color, a new report issued Monday said. “What I […]

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School start times and screen time late in the evening exacerbate sleep deprivation in US teenagers

BY: - September 19, 2022

With the school year underway around the U.S., parents and caregivers are once again faced with the age-old struggle of wrangling groggy kids out of bed in the morning. For parents of preteens and teenagers, it can be particularly challenging. Sometimes this gets chalked up to laziness in teens. But the main reason why a […]

More dual credit options for Indiana high schoolers could boost dismal college-going rate

BY: - September 12, 2022

More Hoosier high schoolers than ever before have the option to earn college-level credit while still in secondary school — an opportunity that Indiana education officials say could boost the number of students who pursue some form of higher education. For the 2022-23 academic year, 141 high schools and nearly a dozen postsecondary institutions will […]

CollegeChoice 529 Education Sweepstakes for $10,000 open

BY: - September 7, 2022

One Hoosier with a CollegeChoice Savings Plan will win a $10,000 deposit from a state sweepstakes this month, part of a state effort to encourage Hoosiers to save for higher education. “The semester is in full swing, and with school on the mind, there’s no better time for Hoosiers to begin saving for their educational […]

Indiana colleges ramp-up monkeypox awareness, but vaccines still limited

BY: - September 7, 2022

Schools across Indiana walked back COVID-19 restrictions at the start of the new fall term, but colleges and universities are now focusing on keeping the monkeypox virus at bay. The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) has confirmed 172 monkeypox cases in Indiana since June 17, according to the department’s new statewide dashboard. Nearly 20,000 cases […]

Student loan forgiveness counts as income in Indiana

BY: - September 7, 2022

Thousands of Hoosier borrowers with student loan debt discharged under a presidential proposal could see their taxable income increase under Indiana law.  The loan forgiveness, announced in late August by President Joe Biden, waives up to $10,000 for borrowers earning less than $125,000 or couples earning less than $250,000. Borrowers who qualified for Pell Grants […]

Indiana job training program loans out nearly $1 million in first year

BY: - September 6, 2022

An interest-free loan program funded by Indiana taxpayers has dished out nearly $1 million to students seeking technical training, although some advocates caution that such lending plans could be misleading to students. The Accelerate Indiana program launched last fall after state lawmakers rushed to spend the state’s surplus of federal COVID-19 relief money during the […]