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StateImpact Indiana: Charter Schools II

by Kyle Stokes

February 14, 2013

A Ball State University decision to close seven of the charter schools it oversees could leave more than 2,600 Indiana students looking for a new school next year.  Supporters of the seven schools say many of these students turned to charters after traditional settings failed them.  Ball State’s supporters say these charters are failing students... More »

Common Core halt bill passes state Senate committee

by Brandon Smith

February 13, 2013

Legislation originally aimed at ending Indiana’s implementation of the Common Core educational standards will now only press the pause button if it becomes law.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the revised bill passed a Senate committee today. More »

Ball State students talk about intersection of Islam and science

by Safarali Saydshoev

February 13, 2013

According to a Pew Research Center study, one-third of Americans under 30 years old say they have no religious affiliation.  Ball State University’s Muslim Student Association is trying to change the way some students think this week by talking about the relationship of Islam and science.  It’s a view they think this generation will approve... More »

Indiana Senate committee passes bill on concussion education

by Brandon Smith

February 13, 2013

State lawmakers want Indiana high school and youth football coaches to be better prepared to deal with concussions before they step on the field.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, legislation requiring concussion education passed a Senate committee today. More »

Ball State students create Underground Railroad video game for elementary students

by Payne Horning

February 12, 2013

Fourth-grade students in Indiana are getting to virtually travel the Underground Railroad, thanks to a class of Ball State University students.  IPR’s Payne Horning reports. More »

Lawmakers say Indiana Career Council will help with veteran unemployment

by Brandon Smith

February 12, 2013

As lawmakers work to create the Indiana Career Council – meant to coordinate the state’s workforce development efforts – they’re placing a special emphasis on addressing unemployment among recent veterans.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

Ball State campus contemplates going tobacco-free

by Sarah Phinney

February 11, 2013

Ball State University banned indoor smoking just fifteen years ago – and went smoke-free in all but designated smoking areas in 2008.  Now, the university is hoping to become a tobacco-free campus.  IPR’s Sarah Phinney reports. More »

Indiana Senate passes right to hunt and fish amendment

by Brandon Smith

February 11, 2013

An amendment guaranteeing the right to hunt and fish is one step closer to becoming part of the Indiana Constitution after the state Senate approved the measure today.  But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, opponents worry the amendment will limit future legislatures. More »

Democratic legislative leaders want debate on healthcare expansion

by Brandon Smith

February 8, 2013

Governor Mike Pence continues to reject the idea of expanding Medicaid coverage to more Hoosiers under the Affordable Care Act.  Pence says he’s unconvinced the idea is fiscally responsible or gives Indiana enough flexibility.  But as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, Democratic lawmakers say the GOP has to stop sidestepping the issue. More »

Republican leaders wait on gay marriage ban until 2014

by Brandon Smith

February 7, 2013

Legislative leaders announced today the General Assembly will not take action this session on a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, they say it’s the US Supreme Court causing the delay. More »

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