education

Matt Hamilton

Wednesday is National High School Radio Day, and one of Fort Wayne's best kept radio secrets just might be WCYT, the student-run station at Homestead High School.

The Point 91FM, as they're known around town, has been operating since 1995, and they're determined to broadcast that message loud and clear.

Bill Removing Ritz Moves Forward

Apr 15, 2015
Rachel Morello / State Impact Indiana

After passing through the Senate, the House Tuesday approve a bill that would remove state superintendent Glenda Ritz as chair of the State Board of Education.

In addition to removing the state superintendent as the board’s chair, Senate Bill 1 would add two more board members and change how members are appointed. 

House, Senate Disagree on Education Funding

Apr 10, 2015
Courtesy / Indiana Senate Republicans

The Senate released its version of the state budget Thursday, outlining a method to fund schools different from that proposed by the House.

There are two pots of money when it comes to school funding: foundation and complexity. Foundation is the amount of money the state gives every student. Complexity is the money allocated toward low-income students.

The biggest difference between the House and Senate budgets is how a student qualifies for complexity money.

Courtesy / Indiana House Republicans

House Democrats say the state budget proposed by House Republicans will devastate many public schools throughout the state.  The budget passed overwhelmingly in a House vote Tuesday.

House Republicans named education their top focus this session, and the bulk of debate over the budget revolves around education funding. 

Specifically, it involves changes to the school funding formula that seek to help growing, wealthier suburban school districts.  But those changes would mean significantly less money for poor, inner city schools that are losing students. 

State Issues New Guidance on Shorter ISTEP+ Test

Feb 19, 2015

After news that this year’s ISTEP+ would take students twelve hours to complete, the Department of Education adopted a plan Thursday to shorten the test.

The DOE decided to split the open-ended portion of the test, which begins next week, into two forms. They say that will shave three hours off the original twelve-hour test.

Around 30 percent of the current test consists of pilot questions that don’t count toward a student’s score – those are the questions the DOE split between the two forms.

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