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StateImpact Indiana: Fiscal Thing

by Kyle Stokes

December 5, 2012

Some Indiana school administrators are watching closely as Congressional leaders and the White House try to reach an agreement before a looming budget deadline.  That’s because federal dollars underwrite services for special education students.  Even if those dollars fall victim to the automatic spending cuts coming at year’s-end, the state and local districts still must... More »

Local schools try to decide how to address bullying

by Cody Butler

December 4, 2012

Nationwide, 28 percent of middle-and-high-school students report that they have been bullied in school.  It’s difficult to know how many of those students are Hoosiers.  The Indiana Department of Education requires that schools have a handbook policy addressing bullying but doesn’t require that schools keep statistics on how many incidents are reported.  Anti-bullying programs are... More »

Lawmakers talk about closing Indiana’s middle-skills gap

by Brandon Smith

December 4, 2012

A new coalition of state policymakers and community activists wants to spend more time and money addressing the Indiana workforce’s skills gap.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports on legislative avenues spearheaded by the Senate education committee chair. More »

Atheist organization loses bid in Indiana courts to solemnize marriages

by Brandon Smith

December 3, 2012

A US District judge has ruled against the Center for Inquiry – an atheist organization – in its bid to strike down Indiana’s marriage statute as unconstitutional.   Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports on the group’s failed attempt to solemnize marriages. More »

Bureau of Motor Vehicles releases mobile phone app

by Stephanie Wiechmann

December 3, 2012

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has released a new mobile phone app that officials say is intended to shorten lines at BMV branches.  Commissioner R. Scott Waddell says Hoosiers can renew vehicle registrations and license plates from the phone app.  There’s also a branch locator – which can locate the nearest BMV branch and... More »

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