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Gary schools add credit recovery program

Gary schools add credit recovery program

Gary Community School Corp. is the latest district to implement an online credit recovery program to improve its graduation rate.

March 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos


Project to overhaul state's school ratings begins

INDIANAPOLIS | A Statehouse committee room seemed more like a classroom Thursday as the group of education and community leaders charged with developing a new rating system for Indiana schools met for the first time.

September 19, 2013 12:55 pm
Bennett changes to school grades improved ratings of 22 region schools

Bennett changes to school grades improved ratings of 22 region schools

INDIANAPOLIS | Twenty-two Northwest Indiana schools received higher state-issued grades for the 2011-12 school year after the former head of the Indiana Department of Education adjusted the grading system when a favored charter school initially earned a C.

September 06, 2013 1:10 pm Photos


Locals blast Bennett for school grades flap

Locals blast Bennett for school grades flap

Some local educators and politicians said they are not surprised former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett may have manipulated the A-F school grading formula developed by his office in favor of charter schools.

July 30, 2013 7:05 pm Photos


Come party in the park to help ValPlayso

VALPARAISO | Plans to replace and refurbish the playground at ValPlayso and improve the surrounding park gets underway in earnest Aug. 17 with the second annual Party in the Park fundraiser at the park.

July 30, 2013 3:51 pm

Portage schools hammering out labor pacts

PORTAGE | Contracts with all Portage Township Schools employee groups should be wrapped up by the first of the year or shortly thereafter.

December 12, 2012 8:05 pm

One Region unveils Qualify of Life Indicators Report

MERRILLVILLE  | Several hundred stakeholders gathered Tuesday at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza for the official unveiling of the 2012 Quality of Life Indicators Report issued by One Region.

October 09, 2012 4:45 pm

Portage school officials laud test scores

PORTAGE | Portage students didn't do what was expected of them in the latest rounds of achievement testing.

September 26, 2012 8:30 pm

Portage schools are beating the odds

PORTAGE | Portage Township Schools Superintendent Ric Frataccia turned the monthly Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday into a classroom.

August 16, 2012 6:45 pm

Portage Township Schools board rehires workman's comp company

PORTAGE | Portage Township Schools board members approved a contract with JWF Specialty Co. of Indianapolis to continue to act as the district's third-party administrator for its workman's compensation insurance.

July 31, 2012 9:00 pm
Summer here but spring green's fees stay in Valpo

Summer here but spring green's fees stay in Valpo

VALPARAISO | It's been a good year for Valparaiso's golf courses, and the park board agreed to send a big "thank you" to golfers by voting to keep the spring rates through the summer.

June 28, 2012 6:30 pm Photos


Portage district creates dean of students positions for middle schools

PORTAGE | The Portage Township School Board on Monday approved the creation of dean of students positions at the district's two middle schools.

June 25, 2012 9:00 pm

Portage schools consider starting teen court

PORTAGE | Officials at Portage Township Schools will consider initiating a teen court for high school students facing expulsion.

May 07, 2012 8:00 pm

Portage schools approve full-day kindergarten

PORTAGE | Portage Township Schools will offer next year's kindergarten class as a full-day experience.

April 30, 2012 9:15 pm

IT will not be outsourced

PORTAGE | The instructional technology department for Portage Township Schools will undergo revamping, but it will not be outsourced.

February 15, 2012 9:00 pm

Portage schools purchase laptops

PORTAGE | The Portage Township School Board this week approved the purchase of 1,560 laptop computers to be used by students in the classroom.

December 23, 2011 12:00 am

Schools hope to stretch computer dollars

PORTAGE | Portage Township Schools officials are trying to stretch their dollars as far as possible to get computers into the hands of students.

September 30, 2011 12:00 am

Local educators disappointed with first round in school voucher suit

Some local public school educators are disappointed with what they called the "first round" of a school voucher legal bout.

August 17, 2011 10:30 am
Valpo amphitheater naming rights announced

Valpo amphitheater naming rights announced

VALPARAISO | To promote what Porter hospital CEO Jonathan Nalli called a "well-thy" lifestyle, the hospital has partnered with the city on the naming rights for the new Central Park Plaza amphitheater.

August 04, 2011 5:00 pm Photos


Local school leaders focus on evaluations

HOBART | As local school districts prepare for new evaluation instruments for teachers and principals, nearly 200 school leaders are participating in a workshop on effective supervision.

July 27, 2011 12:00 pm
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