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Democratic superintendent candidate questions Indiana’s testing policies

by Brandon Smith

July 13, 2012

A higher percentage of Hoosier students – 71 percent – passed the ISTEP exam this year than ever before.  But growth in passing rates slowed compared to previous years.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the Democratic candidate for state superintendent says she’s concerned about how students are being taught. More »

StateImpact Indiana: WGU Indiana

by Elle Moxley

July 12, 2012

It’s been two years since Western Governors University formed a partnership with the state of Indiana, promising Hoosiers degrees that would help them land better jobs. The non-profit, online school now enrolls some 26-hundred students.   StateImpact Indiana’s Elle Moxley reports on how degrees from WGU translate to the workplace. StateImpact Indiana is a collaboration between... More »

Indiana closes out fiscal year with biggest surplus

by Brandon Smith

July 12, 2012

Indiana officially closed its books for the 2012 fiscal year with the largest reserves in state history.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

State still confused over single vs. multi class basketball

by Indiana Public Broadcasting

July 11, 2012

After a series of town hall meetings around the state, results are mixed over whether to return to Indiana’s once famous single-class basketball tournament.   One state senator says she may try to put the issue to a vote of the people.  Indiana High School Athletic Association Commissioner Bobby Cox says an informal poll of those... More »

BSU students design traveling Vonnegut exhibit

by Jingxia Wei

July 10, 2012

Ball State students have designed a traveling digital exhibit that will bring the legacy of Hoosier writer Kurt Vonnegut to audiences outside Indiana.   IPR’s Jingxia Wei reports. More »

71 percent of Indiana students pass ISTEP+ exams

by Kyle Stokes

July 10, 2012

Seventy-one percent of Indiana elementary and middle school students passed statewide tests of their English and math skills this year – the highest passing rate ever.  But as StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes reports, some students are still lagging behind. StateImpact Indiana has created an interactive map and sortable table to more easily view the ISTEP+... More »

Can a Purdue University team make a more environmentally-friendly car?

by Mike Loizzo

July 9, 2012

Fifteen teams of college students around the country – including one at Purdue in West Lafayette – are on a quest.  They’re taking part in a three-year effort to take an existing car and reduce its environmental impact.  Performance and safety can’t be compromised, and it still has to be marketable to those looking to... More »

Gubernatorial candidate Gregg proposes DCS reform

by Brandon Smith

July 9, 2012

Indiana’s Department of Child Services has come under scrutiny in recent months.  Legislators, prosecutors, and judges are among those who have accused DCS of failing to identify and protect at-risk children.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg says he has a plan to improve the agency. More »

Will the new sunscreen labels be easier to read?

by Jingxia Wei

July 6, 2012

With high temperatures and non-stop sun blanketing Indiana, Hoosiers spending time outside are slathering on the sunscreen.  New federal regulations on how companies label sunscreen has been postponed until December so there isn’t a shortage of the liquid.  But will the new labels help make buying the right sunscreen easier?  IPR’s Jingxia Wei reports. More »

StateImpact Indiana: Prison Degrees

by Kyle Stokes

July 5, 2012

A program allowing Indiana prisoners to earn college degrees from behind bars produced its last class of graduates this past year.  The state’s Correctional Education Program was once one of the largest in the nation.  But a change in state law blocked the program’s primary source of funding.  As StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes reports, that’s... More »

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