Education

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 […]

Indiana Supreme Court upholds firing of Catholic high school teacher in same-sex marriage

BY: - September 1, 2022

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to uphold the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis’s decision to fire a Cathedral High School teacher for being in a same-sex marriage. In a 4-0 decision, the court found the Archdiocese has autonomy protection under the First Amendment, which allows churches to decide matters of faith and doctrine without government […]

Routine childhood vaccinations are down in Indiana, boosting concerns as schools resume

BY: - August 29, 2022

More than a third of Indiana’s youngest kids are behind on routine vaccinations, prompting renewed efforts by public health officials to boost immunization rates, especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 58% of Hoosier children aged 19-35 months have completed what is known as the 4:3:1:3:3:1:4 immunization series, which is recommended to prevent […]

Indiana launches new statewide grant program to provide tutoring for low-income Hoosiers

BY: - August 24, 2022

A new statewide grant program will provide low-income Indiana families with funds to support tutoring for students who are struggling to recover from academic setbacks spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials announced Wednesday. The Indiana Learns program will provide qualifying families with up to $1,000 to spend on high-dosage tutoring for math and English/language […]

Biden to wipe out $10,000 in student loan debt for many borrowers

BY: - August 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he will cancel up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for Pell Grant borrowers and up to $10,000 for all other borrowers with an income of less than $125,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a household. Biden also announced his administration is extending a pause […]

Schools receive $22.9 million in school safety grants

BY: - August 24, 2022

The Indiana Secured School Safety Board on Tuesday granted 425 requests, over $22 million, with letters to award winners going out Sept. 1.  “I think there’s more discussion and more interest than ever before, unfortunately, because of events around the country,” Joel Thacker, the executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, said. “To […]

Applications open for Indiana grant program that enables students to help their communities

BY: - August 23, 2022

A statewide initiative that enables high school students to act on ideas to improve their communities announced a new round of funding and a call for applications. Five cohorts of students across Indiana will be chosen to participate in the My Community, My Vision program, which provides four months of workshops, planning, and fundraising for […]

Many Indiana students have to pay for school lunches again — which could increase debt

BY: - August 22, 2022

After two years of receiving free school lunches, thousands of Hoosier families will have to pay for them again this fall, including at dozens of eligible Indiana schools that could continue offering free food but chose not to. Federal child nutrition waivers were offered as a form of COVID-19 relief starting in March 2020, enabling […]

Indiana, Lilly Endowment to invest $111M towards improving Hoosier students’ literacy

BY: - August 18, 2022

ANDERSON, Ind. — Indiana will make its largest-ever financial investment in literacy after statewide standardized test scores showed that nearly one in five Hoosier third graders this past spring did not master foundational reading skills. Up to $111 million in combined support from the Indiana Department of Education and the Lilly Endowment is intended to […]

COMMENTARY

Textbook fees, complexity need state investment

BY: - August 12, 2022

There was lots of talk during special session on how to get money in Hoosiers’ hands from the state’s unprecedented $6.1 billion surplus. Cutting gas taxes, suspending utility taxes and sending refund checks were just a few. Ultimately lawmakers settled for a $1 billion rebate. The problem is millions of Hoosiers are still waiting for […]

More Hoosier students finishing college degrees on time, early data shows

BY: - August 12, 2022

An increasing number of Indiana students who start college are finishing their degrees, but state officials say they still want to see more Hoosiers earning higher education credentials overall.  Preliminary data released Thursday by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) showed the on-time college completion rate for 2021 graduates continued a five-year improvement trend. […]