Indiana “school choice” advocates up lobbying efforts for more private, charter school funding

BY: - March 15, 2023

Indiana’s leading “school choice” advocates are mobilizing families at Hoosier private schools and ramping up lobbying efforts to expand the state’s voucher program. The latest push includes a statewide poll and multiple local advocacy events intended to sway the state’s budget writers. The Institute for Quality Education (IQE), an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that backs the state’s […]

Registration opens for Indiana’s 2023-24 On My Way Pre-K program

BY: - March 13, 2023

Hoosier parents can officially register kids for the state’s On My Way Pre-K program for the 2023-24 school year, state officials announced Monday. The grant-based program provides access to free pre-kindergarten education for Indiana children from low-income families. Children eligible for the upcoming school year must be 4 years old by August 1 and plan […]

GOP bill mandating federal Parents Bill of Rights passed by U.S. House committee

BY: - March 10, 2023

WASHINGTON —- A national “Parents Bill of Rights” is headed for a full U.S. House vote after the House Committee on Education and the Workforce early Thursday approved the measure designed to empower parents to inspect books and other teaching materials in schools. Lawmakers on the committee debated the GOP-backed bill that would federally mandate […]

Charter schools win in proposed Indiana budget amid public advocacy campaign

BY: - March 8, 2023

Charter schools in Indiana could see big gains under the current draft of the next two-year state budget. But the deal could cause long-term losses for traditional public schools, some of which stand to lose millions of dollars needed for teacher raises and other non-classroom expenses.  A new funding stream carved into the House Republican […]

First Lady Jill Biden visits Valparaiso

BY: - March 7, 2023

Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso welcomed First Lady Jill Biden and other federal officials Monday in a visit highlighting the “affordable pathways to good-paying jobs” at the institutions for higher learning. Biden greeted students and faculty, specifically those involved in renewable energy and technology programs. Both high school and college students had the opportunity […]

Transgender disputes and tax reform dominate first half of the session

BY: - March 6, 2023

While hundreds of bills made it to the half-way point, two major themes rose to the forefront — disputes over transgender and gay youth and a Republican push for tax cuts. LGBTQ+ issues State lawmakers have directed intense legislative focus toward transgender Hoosiers this session — centered on school-age children — with more than two-dozen […]

‘Free’ textbooks? Indiana schools still on the hook for curricular fees under House budget plan

BY: - March 2, 2023

Indiana House Republicans touted that their budget plan would eliminate textbook and curricular fees for Hoosier kids in K-12 public schools. But a deeper look at the GOP-backed proposal shows that local school districts will still be on the hook to pay for those materials. The House GOP budget that advanced to the Senate last […]


There’s still time to do right for students and teachers

BY: - March 1, 2023

We have a crisis on our hands! Last year, Indiana didn’t have enough trained and fully licensed teachers and was forced to provide emergency licenses to 10% of its teacher workforce. This, combined with the thousands of teacher vacancies in the state, is cause for alarm, but not despair. There are real, proven solutions for […]

Senators debate ban on “inappropriate” library materials for minors

BY: - March 1, 2023

What books should Hoosier kids be allowed to read in school? Who decides which texts are “inappropriate” for students? And what say should parents have about removing books from library shelves?  Those questions were at the heart of nearly two hours of debate in the Indiana Senate Tuesday as lawmakers weighed a bill that seeks […]

Effort to move Indiana to partisan school board elections dies in the House

BY: - February 27, 2023

A bill that would have let Hoosier communities decide if local school board elections should be partisan died in the Indiana House after lawmakers failed to vote on the measure by Monday’s deadline. That means school board races will stay non-partisan — at least for now. Language from the bill could still crop up in […]


Tracking some impactful education bills that aren’t made for the headlines

BY: - February 24, 2023

So far this session, a number of education bills have focused on controversial measures involving outing transgender youth to their parents, controlling race discussions and even non-existent furries. Journalists simply can’t ignore these measures. They must be covered because they impact Hoosiers. But I am going to use my column space today to let you […]

Indiana senators not so keen on “school choice” voucher expansion in House-proposed budget

BY: - February 24, 2023

Top Indiana senators said they aren’t so sure about a House Republican budget plan that would more than double taxpayer spending on the state’s “school choice” voucher program. House lawmakers on Thursday approved their version of the budget, punting it over to the Senate. But pushback is already mounting against provisions that seek to generously […]