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Indiana proposes high school diploma “seals” to ease concerns over proposed diplomas

The Indiana Department of Education has proposed new “seals” that students could earn on top of their new diplomas. The seals would show that the graduate is ready to enroll in higher education, ready for employment or ready to enlist in the armed services.

All girls STEM charter school cleared to open in Washington Township

The approval comes after a contentious few months between the charter school supporters and the Washington Township Schools district as it fought the opening of the school through the rezoning process.

Students may soon choose from 2 instead of 4 diplomas as Indiana revamps high school

With an emphasis on work-based learning, both of the new diplomas will require students to fulfill three components: foundational knowledge and competencies, employability skills and postsecondary-ready competencies.

Some school districts bet on AI as future of security while others raise doubts

For some students across central Indiana, encountering security measures typically seen at a sporting event or at the airport is all part of the new normal start to the school day.

Teachers worry about safety and privacy of Attorney General Rokita’s new parent portal

Six teacher associations’ presidents, representing a total of around 4,200 teachers, have written a letter detailing concerns over the accuracy of documents posted. The letter, which they say they plan to send to Rokita, says the portal may put teachers at risk by providing a forum for posters to share teachers' personal information, such as their names and home addresses, in some of the documents uploaded to the new portal.

Shootings during high school sports games are increasing. What are schools doing about it?

Gun violence has again seeped into a youth sporting event in Central Indiana, the latest case unfolding last week near Beech Grove High School after a girls' sectional basketball game had taken place.

IPS middle schoolers get a later start time starting next school year

Middle school students at Indianapolis Public Schools’ district-run middle schools will get to sleep in a bit next school year. The seven directly managed IPS middle schools, including two new ones, will start at 9 a.m. for the 2024-25 school year instead of the 7:10 to 7:20 a.m. start time that IPS middle schools currently use.

How Washington Township won two state-wide awards for school counseling

If you walk into Northview Middle School on any given Wednesday, you’ll likely be greeted by a big friendly yellow lab named Charlie at the front door. As the sixth, seventh and eighth graders enter the school to start the day, the students rush to greet Charlie and his owner Molly Henry in the Northview atrium.

Indiana public schools losing thousands of kids to charter, private, innovation schools

Nearly 70% of Indiana’s 286 traditional public school corporations saw the number of students enrolled decline from 2006-2022, according to one of the IU studies.

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