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Indiana discusses driver’s education training update

by Brandon Smith

August 14, 2013

Indiana lawmakers are looking to the state of Oregon as they consider standardizing and updating driver’s education in both public and private settings across the state.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

State and ISTA reach agreement in failed health fund lawsuit

by Brandon Smith

August 13, 2013

The state of Indiana and the Indiana State Teachers Association have reached a settlement in a lawsuit over the union’s failed health insurance fund.  As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, more than two dozen school corporations will recover some losses from what the Secretary of State calls a “Ponzi scheme.” More »

Indiana crops given a good rating before fall harvest

by Brandon Smith

August 12, 2013

This year’s Indiana corn and soybean crops show a huge improvement over last year’s drought-ravaged harvest.  But even though a new report shows near record level production, that might not translate into cheaper groceries at the supermarket.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports. More »

Anderson challenges Lapel annexation in court

by Stephanie Wiechmann

August 9, 2013

The city of Anderson is hoping a Madison County court will tell the town of Lapel that its recent annexation of land is against the law. Anderson spokeswoman Charlee Turner says the city is asking Circuit Court 6 Judge Dennis Carroll to invalidate Lapel’s May annexation of 57 acres.  The city says the annexation violated... More »

StateImpact Indiana: Evaluating A-F Grades

by Elle Moxley

August 8, 2013

Yesterday, Indiana state schools superintendent Glenda Ritz confirmed what  the whole state had expected for a week – that her predecessor Tony Bennett and his staff had manipulated the school grading system to benefit certain schools.  This is the first of several reviews called for on the 2012 school grades.  But even before Bennett’s changes... More »

Testing company will double online capacity for Indiana tests in 2014

by Kyle Stokes

August 7, 2013

The company that provides Indiana’s online ISTEP exams will double the capacity of its online systems before students take their tests next year. CTB/McGraw-Hill president Ellen Haley told the State Board of Education today (WED) the company was taking steps to ensure 2014’s tests will not be interrupted. Problems with CTB’s servers disrupted at least... More »

Messer continues to host 6th Congressional job fair

by Stephanie Wiechmann

August 5, 2013

For the seventh year in a row, Ball State University played host to the 6th Congressional District job fair.  But this is the first year that Congressman Luke Messer is the face of the district.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports. More »

Pesticide Drift: Causing Illness

by Sehvilla Mann

August 2, 2013

Most reports of harm caused by pesticides drifting onto someone’s property involve damage to plants.  But in the last several years, the state has documented a dozen violations where someone said exposure to drifting pesticides made them sick.  To finish the series on pesticide drift, Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Sehvilla Mann reports on how a botched... More »

Pesticide Drift: Genetically Modified Problems

by Sehvilla Mann

August 1, 2013

Many fruit and vegetable plants don’t play well with popular pesticides. That’s why chemicals drifting from a neighbor’s field pose a special threat to crops like melons and tomatoes. Growers say they’ve made headway in the last few years with voluntary efforts aimed at preventing such damage.   In the second of a three-part series, Indiana... More »

Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett resigns from Florida job over Indiana emails

by Elle Moxley

August 1, 2013

Former Indiana State schools superintendent Tony Bennett says he is leaving his appointed post as Florida’s education commissioner.  Bennett resigned this morning after less than eight months on the job.  This week, an Associated Press report showed Bennett had sent emails ordering changes to Indiana’s A-F school grading system in 2012 to benefit a charter... More »

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