Indiana is one of several states seeing a new wave of COVID-19 cases with some counties getting hit harder than others, and the rising numbers are creating additional challenges for schools struggling to stay open.

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Indiana's final elected schools chief says that the 2020 election has a lot on the line, especially for education. But she has concerns about the future of the position of the state's top education official.

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Schools are starting to take advantage of new flexibility from a law passed by lawmakers earlier this year, that allows schools to apply for waivers to bypass certain state requirements if they can prove it will benefit students. 


Two northeast Indiana universities each received a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment as part of its Charting the Future of Indiana’s Colleges and Universities initiative.

Manchester University will use the grant to add a doctoral program in physical therapy. Manchester says the endowment will enable the university to move forward with hiring a director, faculty and staff for the new program, and pursue accreditation.


The Indiana State Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal to maintain full funding levels for schools operating online this fall. School leaders and educators say it offers much-needed stability.


On this episode of WBOI Presents: In Session, we are joined by Felisa Cockrell, an English teacher and speech coach at Wayne High School, and Aliyah Armstrong, a 2020 graduate from Wayne. Our conversation focused on poetry. How can poetry change hearts and minds in conversations about racial justice? How does the genre speak to young people? What has the pandemic been like for teachers and 2020 graduates? That’s all on this episode of WBOI Presents: In Session.

Colette Feehan


On this episode of WBOI Presents: In Session, we are joined by Colette Feehan, a PhD candidate at Indiana University. Our conversation focused on voice acting. What separates professional voice actors from amateurs? What technology is necessary to see the differences? How can we detect some of these changes in our own voices? That’s all on this episode of WBOI Presents: In Session.


Schools around Indiana are beginning to outline their tentative plans to reopen this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Washington Township Schools will only open virtually for at-home learning when school starts July 30. Previously, the district said it intended to offer full-time in-class instruction or the option for remote classes.

The Washington Township School Board approved a resolution Monday morning in a 3-2 vote at a special meeting, citing ongoing infections and deaths from the coronavirus and feedback from parents and staff.

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Lawmakers approved several new education laws during the legislative session earlier this year, and many go into effect with the new fiscal year, July 1.