Education

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To share or not to share is the referendum question

BY: - January 26, 2023

Public school referendum sharing could be one of the hottest educational topics of the 2023 General Assembly session. While school funding is always complicated, the notion of sharing referendum dollars is especially tricky and warrants some tedious study time in order to fully understand the decision legislators are being asked to make.  On the surface […]

Indiana lawmakers roll back school choice bill, advance student literacy initiatives

BY: - January 26, 2023

Indiana lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill that would further expand school choice for Hoosiers but rolled back certain provisions that would have made the program universally accessible. The bill to widen eligibility for the state’s education scholarship accounts advanced 8-5 from the Senate Education Committee. Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, joined Democrats in voting against […]

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Indiana lawmakers weigh bill to create universal school choice program

BY: - January 19, 2023

Indiana lawmakers on Wednesday began a contentious debate over whether it should bring universal school choice — and its daunting potential long-term cost — to Hoosier students and parents. Testimony heard in the Senate education committee raised questions about how much universal education scholarship accounts would cost and whether the state can afford to fund […]

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Expanding voucher program would be bad for kids, bad for Indiana

BY: - January 12, 2023

Indiana launched its school voucher program in 2011, supposedly to help children from poor families find alternatives to low-performing public schools. But it quickly morphed into something else: a state subsidy for religious education and an entitlement program for private school parents. Now some legislators and advocates are talking up the idea of “universal vouchers” […]

New federal student loan repayment plan aimed at low-income borrowers

BY: - January 12, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would overhaul a federal student loan income-driven repayment plan, and, if implemented, could help millions of low-income borrowers. However, it’s unclear how the agency would be able to finance the program. Many student debt relief advocates also criticized the proposal for leaving out […]

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2023 – the year for universal school choice

BY: - January 11, 2023

The Indiana General Assembly has an unprecedented opportunity to implement the most promising educational reform they’ve yet to try: universal school choice. It’s time for Indiana to move beyond the limited choice program we have now and create a genuine free market in which schools compete for students, and parents choose what is best for their […]

Indiana’s 2022 graduation rates stagnant, but disparities persist among student groups

BY: - January 3, 2023

Graduation rates for Indiana’s 2022 high school class remained mostly unchanged compared to the year prior, but certain student groups still lag behind their peers. Data shows 86.61% of Hoosier students in the Class of 2022 reached graduation, according to a new report released Friday by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). That’s almost the […]

Some uncertainty remains about big K-12 spending requests for upcoming Indiana budget

BY: - December 29, 2022

Top K-12 education requests for Indiana’s next two-year budget plan center around new spending on literacy improvement initiatives and workforce readiness, as well as an increase to the K-12 tuition support formula. But the state’s key budget writers have expressed hesitancy about earmarking additional dollars amid inflation. Some lawmakers have additionally shared their discontent with […]

Curriculum, pre-k and culture war bills among 2023 education priorities for Indiana lawmakers

BY: - December 26, 2022

Changes to K-12 curriculum, increased access to early childhood education and a response to Indiana’s ongoing teacher shortage are top-of-mind for Indiana lawmakers as the 2023 legislative session nears. Republican state lawmakers have also hinted at the return of a contentious “curriculum transparency” bill that would limit classroom discussions about race, as well as a […]

GOP gubernatorial candidate Eric Doden proposes policy incentives to retain, attract teachers

BY: - December 12, 2022

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Eric Doden is pushing a plan to remedy Indiana’s ongoing teacher shortage by providing new financial incentives to current and prospective educators. The teacher program marks some of the first definitive policy proposals by any of the candidates vying for the Indiana governor’s seat. That field of candidates on Monday officially grew […]

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White teachers often talk about Black students in racially coded ways

BY: - December 12, 2022

By Rowhea Elmesky, Associate Professor of Education, Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis By Olivia Marcucci, Assistant Professor of Education, Johns Hopkins University When a white Texas middle school teacher told his students in November 2022 that he was “ethnocentric” and thought his race was “superior,” he attempted to explain his position by arguing […]

State strikes affordable tuition deal with Ivy Tech for public employees

BY: - December 8, 2022

State employees can go back to school and pay no upfront costs in a new deal with Ivy Tech Community College, announced Thursday. “This is an investment in our state employees that provide them with more flexibility to pursue education opportunities that ultimately contribute to a stronger workforce,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a news […]