Education

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 […]

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 […]

Commission recommends new funding model for higher education

BY: - October 27, 2022

Legislators will consider a new approach to funding higher education based on school-specific goals rather than blanket recommendations, and they got their first look at Wednesday morning’s State Budget Committee meeting. The proposed funding model comes from the Commission for Higher Education, which the General Assembly tasked with researching a new formula to cover costs […]

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 […]

Biden student debt forgiveness plan on temporary hold after appeals court ruling

BY: - October 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked the Biden administration from carrying out its student loan forgiveness plan, until the court makes a determination on a request for an injunction brought by six Republican-led states, according to multiple media reports. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided — for now — with […]

COMMENTARY

School nurses are an essential component to academic recovery in the post COVID-era

BY: - October 25, 2022

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s recent report on public health in Indiana shared one major finding that impacts Indiana schools in a big way — the need for more certified school nurses across the state. That report said school corporations in Indiana are required to employ at least one bachelor’s level registered nurse, and one registered nurse […]

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 […]

The student debt relief application is live: Here’s what you need to know

BY: - October 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Monday that student loan borrowers can begin to apply for debt relief through a new online application. Biden said the application is easy and fast. It will allow every borrower with an income of $125,000 or less ($250,000 for married couples) to have up to $10,000 in debt forgiven, or $20,000 forgiven […]

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 […]

What to know about Indiana’s latest college completion rate gains

BY: - October 10, 2022

Although Indiana’s statewide college completion rates continue to show improvement, education officials caution there aren’t enough Hoosiers earning degrees overall to meet the state’s workforce needs. A final report released last week by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) showed the on-time college completion rate for 2021 graduates continued a five-year improvement trend. Extended-time […]

Hoosiers with commercially-held loans might not qualify for federal student debt relief

BY: - October 4, 2022

Some Hoosiers may no longer qualify for President Joe Biden’s student debt relief plan after federal officials quietly changed the eligibility qualifications late last week. The U.S. Department of Education indicated Thursday that privately held loans will not be forgiven. That means borrowers who took out Federal Family Education Loans (FFELs), or Perkins Loans, are […]