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Equity report highlights educational disparities in Indiana

Staff reportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—As Indiana’s graduating high school students are becoming more diverse, a report released Thursday by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education shows ongoing disparities in postsecondary readiness and completion. “This educational equity data is significant for Indiana, because it helps us identify the areas and systems we need to challenge to ensure new […]

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State Superintendent McCormick endorses Weinzapfel for attorney general

By Taylor WootenTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Republican State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick announced Thursday that she is endorsing Democratic Indiana attorney general candidate Jonathan Weinzapfel. “This isn’t about politics, this is about who has the experience, the integrity and the vision to best represent all Hoosiers, especially our children,” McCormick said in a press […]

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School funding, a federal ban on evictions, more addressed in Indiana COVID-19 update

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana schools that plan to experiment with virtual learning this fall in response to the COVID-19 pandemic learned Wednesday they’ll now receive 100% funding to do so.  The decision came from a resolution by the State Board of Education, or SBOE, in response to debates about a current Indiana law […]

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Enrollment is still open for On My Way Pre-K program

Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Space is still available in every Indiana county in the statewide On My Way Pre-K program, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced Thursday. Even though the new academic year is underway in most of the state, the pre-school program is still open for families as local providers follow health […]

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New dashboard will track COVID-19 cases in schools

By Hope ShrumTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As COVID-19 continues to spread across Indiana disrupting an array of activities, work and school, the Indiana State Department of Health is working on a dashboard to help educators track the disease. “Having this information will help better inform how our schools are being impacted by COVID-19 and may help […]

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K-12 and higher education schools receiving funds for online learning

By Hope ShrumTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As schools start the new academic year, K-12 schools and higher education institutions approved for support for online learning will begin receiving grants from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief, or GEER, fund. Gov. Eric Holcomb announced at his weekly virtual press briefing Wednesday that the $61 million fund, which is […]

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Holcomb proposes delaying student count until December

By Hope ShrumTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Republican majority in the General Assembly have come up with a compromise for schools to retain full funding if classes are taught virtually through part of this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “That will, hopefully, bring about some ease and alleviate some of the […]

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Lawmakers, state officials stand by school funding after senator spells out possible cuts

By Hope ShrumTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A letter released last week from Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, discussing possible funding cuts to schools who do not provide in-person instruction has sparked opposition from several lawmakers and state leaders. In the letter, Bray said current state law requires schools only receive 85% of funding for […]

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Teacher union demands more resources to safely reopen schools

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Leaders with one of Indiana’s largest teachers’ unions are calling on state officials to take more steps to protect students and their members as some school districts plan to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, a move the union said could provoke a safety strike if the right precautions are ignored.  […]

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Slow release of nursing home COVID-19 data leaves lawmakers concerned for schools

By Andrea RahmanTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Now that the state is finally releasing data about COVID-19 outbreaks in individual nursing homes, two lawmakers are calling on the governor to release similar information about schools across Indiana. State Rep. Edward DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, pushed for numbers from long-term care facilities to be released to the public. He recently […]

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