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June 9, 2016
Rise & Shine: FBI raids Vigo School offices in Terre Haute
March 16, 2016
Indiana puts the brakes on its plan to revamp high school diplomas
After a long debate, board members said they didn't have enough information to make a choice.
March 9, 2016
Teacher pay, scholarships bills rise from the dead
House Bill 1002 and language similar to that in both session's teacher pay bills found new life today.
March 3, 2016
Teacher pay changes that riled educators and unions bite the dust
Lawmakers suddenly backed off a plan to give superintendents more flexibility to decide teacher pay.
February 25, 2016
Aspiring teacher scholarship bill gutted in Senate panel after concerns over costs
The bill's author, House Speaker Brian Bosma, said he wants to bring the program back in later discussions.
February 10, 2016
Unions: Teacher mentoring bill leaves too many out
The bill also wouldn't let unions negotiate extra pay that comes with the new programs.
January 27, 2016
Plans to solve Indiana's dual credit problem still coming into focus
State policymakers will need to consider cost, possible 2022 deadline when addressing solutions to getting teachers extra education
January 25, 2016
Bill to loosen union control of teacher pay moves ahead
Democrats on the House Education Committee and ISTA officials opposed the bill.
January 21, 2016
Teacher scholarship bill passes committee but could leave current students out
As it's written, the scholarships would not be available to students who graduated high school before June 2016.
January 5, 2016
Bills aimed at teacher hiring take a back seat to ISTEP, for now
Several lawmakers are working on bills to offer incentives for college graduates to become teachers and other support.
December 18, 2015
International education leader: Let U.S. teachers collaborate, learn from one another
Montserrat Gomendio of OECD spoke to educaiton journalists in Washington, D.C., last week.
December 7, 2015
Ritz's teacher panel calls for regular raises and pay for advanced degrees
Recommendations urge changes to law to promote teacher recruiting and retention.
December 7, 2015
A shortage everyone can agree on: Indianapolis schools don't have enough black teachers
Almost 94 percent of the state’s public school teachers were white in 2014 even while a quarter of their students were not.
December 3, 2015
An app to track behavior is one tool schools are using to promote fairer discipline
Two Teach Plus groups work to find strategies to reduce high discipline rates for black and Hispanic students.
November 20, 2015
Expert: A lot of school efforts to involve parents are bogus
The Black and Latino Policy Institute-sponsored event drew about 100 parents, teachers and others.
November 17, 2015
Republican proposal would offer aspiring teachers free college tuition
A new bill would give Indiana college students a chance to get tuition fully paid for by the state if they agree to spend five years teaching after they graduate.
November 10, 2015
Top teacher's student: "To get better you have to push yourself"
Amy Wackerly shared advice from her students at the IPS teacher of the year awards ceremony.
November 5, 2015
IPS principals can now have a shot at $25,000 awards
Indianapolis philanthropists Al and Kathy Hubbard are extending their Life-Changing Teacher Awards this year to principals and giving another $50,000 to the effort.
November 4, 2015
Not so fast: State board wants revisions of high school diploma changes
New proposed high school diplomas will not move forward as planned — The Indiana State Board of Education voted to send them back to a committee for additional changes.
November 3, 2015
State board member calls for Indiana to keep a general diploma
Parents and educators have said new diplomas would create more challenges for students with special needs.
October 28, 2015
Plan to require more math, offer fewer diploma options raises concerns
The state board must approve new diplomas by Dec. 1.
October 22, 2015
For new teachers, school support can make the difference between staying or leaving
Wayne Township's Chapelwood Elementary School has many programs in place to help new teachers acclimate to their jobs.
October 22, 2015
Yes, any teacher can help the city spread computer science. No, not any training will do
Eric Allatta, who leads New York City's computer science education meetup group, has a story that he says proves you don’t need a computer science degree to get started.
October 19, 2015
Teacher to legislators: I'd love to stay in the classroom if I could afford it
It’ll be another week before legislators come together to make recommendations on how schools can increase teacher recruitment and retention efforts.
October 15, 2015
Ritz's teacher panel suggests changes to testing, evaluation and pay
Too much testing, too little pay and insufficient feedback on their teaching are some of the biggest problems educators think Indiana needs to fix if it wants to continue attract great teachers to the profession.
October 13, 2015
Fast-growing religious alternative schools hit a speed bump with IPS
The Crossing is a network of 28 accredited private Christian schools that cater specifically to students who struggled at other schools, were expelled or dropped out.
October 5, 2015
Teachers say training, mentoring could help keep more of them in the classroom
The panel will put together recommendations for an agenda to present to lawmakers on the best ways to recruit and retain teachers.
October 2, 2015
Can you answer these questions from a basic skills test for teachers?
Indiana adopted the Pearson tests in 2013, and teachers could first take them in 2014.
September 28, 2015
School districts use extra state aid to push new services for English learners
school districts this summer got an unexpected bonus: about twice as much money starting this school year to better support children who are still learning English.
September 24, 2015
Educators: low pay, negative perceptions behind struggles to recruit teachers
The second meeting of Glenda Ritz's teacher panel focused on why colleges are enrolling fewer education majors.
September 11, 2015
State panel tries to understand why teachers leave their jobs
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz wants a state panel to propose new laws designed to entice teachers to stay put.
September 9, 2015
Rise & Shine: Education reform groups hope there are enough support dollars to keep them all afloat
September 2, 2015
Manual teacher's mission is for parents to learn alongside their kids
Manual High School math teacher Robin Clark hopes by inviting parents into her classroom, she can help them earn their high school equivalency.
August 28, 2015
Why people think there’s a teacher shortage in Indiana and why they’re probably wrong
In Indiana, as in many other places, the problem isn’t the number of certified teachers but a mismatch between them and available jobs.
August 25, 2015
Teach For America newcomers try to forge bonds, fill gaps
Like many who are placed in classrooms across the country by Teach For America, Morgan Cooksey was a standout college student, but her only teacher training was during a five-week institute.
August 20, 2015
Warren Township school receives almost $100,000 for Spanish immersion pilot
Pleasant Run Elementary School in Warren Township was one of five schools in the state chosen to begin a dual-language immersion pilot program.
August 18, 2015
Rise & Shine: After Ritz, Tallian becomes second Democrat to leave governor’s race
August 6, 2015
A year after Washington Township went all-IB, teaching is changing
Last year the district became just the sixth worldwide to offer IB curriculum to all students.
August 3, 2015
With its jackpot $28.5 million grant, Warren Township pushes career programs, online learning and teacher training
Warren Township was one of just 16 districts nationwide to win big dollars to improve its facilities, boost teaching and reinvent student learning.
July 29, 2015
New Woodrow Wilson fellows hope to propel students toward science careers
Nearly 50 new fellows will start teaching in public schools across Indiana this fall.
July 27, 2015
The first thing schools often get wrong for English language learners is their names
The seemingly simple step of recording and calling a student by the correct name can have consequences when mistakes happen.
July 17, 2015
Test yourself: Do you know the basics of Indiana education?
It's a good time to brush up on your Indiana education knowledge. Try your hand at our quiz that includes questions on our four newest "basics" posts out this week.
July 9, 2015
Demand falls flat for controversial teaching permit so far
Does Indiana really need a special teaching permit for teachers changing careers to get them into the classroom more quickly? So far, just two have been given.
July 7, 2015
Budget woes cost Indianapolis its last Challenger Center
Decatur’s center is the second in Indianapolis to close, leaving the city without a Challenger Center. The nearest now requires a two and a half hour drive to Hammond.
June 16, 2015
For parents picking schools, Indianapolis continues to offer a guide
Mayor Greg Ballard's office and GreatSchools.org produce an annual booklet with profiles of more than 600 Indianapolis schools.
June 16, 2015
Indiana's high school diplomas are about to get an overhaul
The Indiana Career Council met to discuss new diploma options, but the process won't be finalized until later this year.
June 10, 2015
Rise & Shine: Indy-area graduates discuss testing, social life and their futures
June 9, 2015
School's out! Indianapolis celebrates the end of the school year
In the past couple weeks, schools across the city have been winding down for the summer. Today was the last day of school for Indianapolis…
June 3, 2015
New awards offer $2,500 for teachers who use data to bolster learning
The Institute for Quality Education is accepting applications for the Catalyst for Quality Grant, which will award money to pilot teacher innovations in classrooms.
June 3, 2015
Partnership merges high school AP courses, applied science
CollegeBoard and Project Lead The Way team up to blend courses for college or careers.
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