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  At least two Indiana school districts face federal lawsuits claiming they didn’t do enough to protect students from bullying. Meanwhile, anti-bullying advocates in the state are pushing for stronger laws. 

 

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Most of Indiana’s teachers started or completed the process to renew their licenses this summer, ahead of a new license renewal requirement that went into effect Monday.

 

As of July 1 teachers renewing a license through “professional growth plans” need some kind of career awareness training, through something like an externship or some other experience focused on local career needs. 

 

Educators Learn Advocacy At School Health Conference

Jul 1, 2019
Steve Burns / WFIU/WTIU News

Mental health and Medicaid were some of the policy topics presented at the annual School Health Conference in Indianapolis last week but there was also push for more action.

 

In past years, attendees at the Indiana School Health Network’s conference have learned about new legislation that could affect student health. This year there educators could attend sessions to learn how to advocate for policies they think would work.

 

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Leadership at the state’s largest teachers union is changing this summer, and the incoming president says he plans to focus more on local schools’ needs.

Workforce Cabinet Announces New Grant

Jun 14, 2019
Samantha Horton / IPB News

The Indiana Governor’s Workforce Cabinet announced a new workforce grant Wednesday afternoon intended to help local workforce development efforts.

Approximately 1,000 school administrators from Indiana and neighboring states gathered in Indianapolis Monday for the 20th Annual School Safety Specialist Academy. 

Mental health and social-emotional learning are a central topics for the two-day training, which comes after two school shootings in Indiana last year. The training is designed to help school officials navigate "best practices" of school safety. 

Lakeland School Board Votes To Close Two Schools

Mar 27, 2019
Barbara Anguiano / WBOI

 

 

Parents had a final opportunity Monday evening to express their thoughts on the best way Lakeland School Corporation should address funding issues across the district due to low student enrollment numbers. Many who spoke Monday evening were parents who opposed Superintendent Dr. Eva Merkel’s proposal to close two elementary schools: Lima-Brighton and Wolcott Mills.

But Lakeland school board members still voted 4-2 to move forward with the superintendent’s plan.

 

Steve Burns / WFIU/WTIU News

  The president of Indiana’s largest teacher’s union says they’re waiting to see what lawmakers do before deciding whether to take more serious action.

Indiana State Teachers Association President Teresa Meredith says the governor and legislators have indicated a willingness to make progress on teacher pay and benefits. Striking is illegal for all public employees in Indiana, including teachers.

But Meredith says it doesn’t mean teachers won’t take action if needed.

School Safety Funding Bill Easily Passes House

Jan 28, 2019

 A catch-all school safety bill easily passed the Indiana House of Representatives 96-2. 

The bill is largely focused on school safety grant funding. Author and former school administrator Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) says the bill is in line with recommendations in last year's governor school safety report. 

"Students are going to continue to walk through our doors each and every day with some sort of fear one way or another," McNamara says. "If this bill does the least bit to help alleviate some of those fears then we’re headed down the right direction."

Nearly two-thirds of Indiana’s high schoolers earn college credit before they graduate, and the state’s Commission for Higher Education (CHE) sees it as a key step toward closing achievement gaps for low-income and minority students.

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