Dual language programs expand in state
The Indiana Department of Education announced a record number of schools statewide will receive grants to establish or expand dual language programs as part of Indiana’s Dual Language Immersion Pilot Program. The program, first launched in 2015, works to support schools as they help students develop language and cultural competency skills. It provides grants to school […]
Next round of Indiana school safety grants could help prevent school shootings
Hundreds of Indiana schools will soon see funding from the latest round of school safety grants that are intended to help prevent security crises, like the latest elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Indiana launches grant program for special education students
A new Indiana scholarship program for special education students lets parents decide how to spend state money on their child’s education.
The Special Education Teacher Shortage: An All Hands on Deck Approach
Special education is a set of federal mandates that schools are required to follow to ensure that student with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education. Currently special education services are federally funded at 40% and schools are held accountable at 100%. This funding gap has long plagued the field and manifests itself in […]
Test scores show progress, but Indiana students still behind
About 30% of Indiana students passed the ILEARN tests in 2021, leaving state officials concerned about post-pandemic rebounds.
Indiana teacher shortage persists ahead of new school year
Schools across Indiana are struggling to fill more than 2,300 open teaching positions ahead of the upcoming school year.
Indiana keeps investing in its bad reputation
I was speeding through Georgia this past Sunday and I couldn’t help looking for political billboards. Then I saw it. A “Now Hiring” billboard for state troopers, with instructions to apply at gatrooper.com. As an occasional government watchdog, I was fascinated by this whole new strategy for filling one of any state government’s toughest jobs. […]
Indiana COVID-19 numbers down after scaled-back reporting
COVID-19 numbers are down after state officials scaled back reporting protocols, and vaccines are available for virtually all residents.
Indiana adopts new civics class for middle schoolers
A new middle-school civics class was approved by the Indiana State Board of Education one year after state lawmakers required the government and citizenship standards for younger students.
Free pre-K enrollment still open for low-income Hoosier kids
Hoosier parents still have time to register kids for Indiana's free pre-k education program.
Supreme Court hears arguments in Catholic school gay teacher firing
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court weighed arguments Tuesday over the firing of a gay teacher from an Indianapolis Catholic school, determining whether the Archdiocese of Indianapolis ‘unjustifiably’ interfered with the teacher’s contract. Joshua Payne-Elliott married his partner in 2017 while a German teacher at Cathedral High School, a Catholic school under the purview of […]
Lawmakers plan response to boost Indiana college-going rate
Indiana lawmakers plan to propose legislative action in response to a new report showing only half of Indiana’s 2020 high school graduates pursued some form of college education beyond high school.