State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz’s re-election loss in November was a big setback for the Indiana State Teachers Association, leading some observers to wonder how much clout the organization still holds.
Early education advocates want lawmakers to expand funding for pre-K programs but challenges to expansion also include creating or expanding existing highly rated child care programs and recruiting and retaining a well-trained preschool workforce.
Sue Ellspermann has been a lot of things in her life: industrial engineer, business consultant, university teacher, state legislator and—from 2013 until earlier this year—Indiana’s lieutenant governor. Now, the southwestern Indiana native has a new gig: president of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, which she started July 1.
The planned high school for STEM studies announced with fanfare last year that it would move into the P.R. Mallory factory site, but leaders encountered a financial hurdle and now are keeping their options open.
Suburban schools, English-learners and virtual schools would fare well under the Indiana House’s 2017 budget plan, while Indianapolis Public Schools and other urban districts would see drops in state support.
Raising the cigarette tax by $1 per pack would help pay for Medicaid spending and tobacco-cessation programs—and would help patch the $300 million annual hole in the budget created by the House's road-funding plan.