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StateImpact Indiana: BSU Charter Schools

by Kyle Stokes

February 7, 2013

The organizations charged with overseeing Indiana charter schools have closed only five schools in the state’s history.  This year, Ball State University officials could shutter as many as nine — nearly a quarter of the schools they authorize.  Seven of those schools recently announced they’ll appeal the decision.  As StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes reports, what... More »

Indiana House committee considers Sunday alcohol sales

by Stephanie Wiechmann and Sarah Phinney

February 6, 2013

An Indiana House committee today heard testimony on a bill that would allow Sunday carry out sales of beer, liquor, and wine.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, the practice of restricting alcohol sales statewide on Sunday is now unique to Indiana. In Muncie, a Ball State University economist and a liquor store manager say that... More »

Lawmakers consider expansion of Indiana school voucher program

by Brandon Smith

February 5, 2013

Indiana’s school voucher program could be significantly expanded under legislation being considered by the General Assembly.  The newest proposal would loosen eligibility requirements for students.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

Learning about life below the poverty line

by Payne Horning

February 4, 2013

A local poverty awareness organization is spending the entire year trying to show all of Delaware County what it’s like to live in poverty.  This weekend, Teamwork for Quality Living staged a simulation to show the community some of the frustrations involved with surviving below the poverty line.  IPR’s Payne Horning reports. More »

Veteran-owned businesses get support from Republican state senator

by Brandon Smith

February 4, 2013

A Republican state senator wants each state agency to set aside 10 percent of its contracts every year for veteran-owned small businesses.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, supporters say the measure will help reduce veteran unemployment. More »

StateImpact Indiana: Common Core

by Elle Moxley

February 1, 2013

State legislators are considering a proposal that would withdraw Indiana from the Common Core, a set of nationally-crafted academic standards adopted in 46 states. The Common Core is designed to increase the number of students prepared for college and career.  But some parents and teachers say the new English and math standards aren’t as strong... More »

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