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GUEST COMMENTARY: NWI doesn't need puppet on state board

GUEST COMMENTARY: NWI doesn't need puppet on state board

It’s hard to understand the positions Tony Walker has taken in his role as a member of the Indiana State Board of Education.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am
Squabble continues, local education leaders move forward

Squabble continues, local education leaders move forward

As state officials continue to squabble over policy and procedure, local educators are getting ready for a school year with new state standards, a new state-mandated test and a budget where they may see only 1 percent in new money.

August 09, 2014 9:00 pm
Lawmakers often use study committees to develop legislation

Lawmakers often use study committees to develop legislation

INDIANAPOLIS | In addition to the gaming study, Hoosier lawmakers this summer and fall will take a closer look at issues ranging from juvenile justice to digital privacy, and state-based health exchanges to bike trails.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am Related
Most lawmakers in tune with Chamber of Commerce agenda

Most lawmakers in tune with Chamber of Commerce agenda

INDIANAPOLIS | If you picture the 150 members of the General Assembly as a choir, this year they sang their loudest hosannas for the business-first agenda of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

July 04, 2014 8:00 pm Related
Education groups oppose plan to license untrained teachers

Education groups oppose plan to license untrained teachers

INDIANAPOLIS | State Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary, joined a coalition of Hoosier education groups Thursday urging the State Board of Education to reconsider its plan to create a new teacher license that requires no teacher training prior to entering the classroom.

May 22, 2014 6:00 pm
Education groups oppose plan to license untrained teachers

Education groups oppose plan to license untrained teachers

State Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary, speaks against a State Board of Education proposal to license new teachers who have no education training during a press conference Thursday, May 22, 2014, at the Indiana Statehouse. Joining him, from left, are Sharon Wise, president of the Indiana PTA; Teres…

May 22, 2014 12:18 pm

Ross Democrats pick their favorites in May 26 primary

MERRILLVILLE | Lake County's incumbent and veteran politicians got most of the love from the Merrillville Democratic precinct organization during its recent candidates night.

April 29, 2014 11:20 am

State rep's campaign news releases called into question

GARY | At least three news releases promoting the re-election of Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary, were sent within a week using resources from the Indiana University Northwest School of Education.

April 08, 2014 8:38 pm
Vernon Smith

Vernon Smith

Vernon Smith

April 08, 2014 9:55 am
House OKs naming road for Rudy Clay

House OKs naming road for Rudy Clay

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House voted 93-0 Tuesday to join the Senate in urging that the state transportation department rename Gary's Fifth Avenue for the late Gary Mayor Rudy Clay.

March 04, 2014 5:36 pm Related

NWI legislators all back South Shore expansion

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana's legislative delegation stands united in supporting expanding the South Shore Line, but members are skeptical the state will play a significant role in extending the commuter train to Dyer -- despite the best efforts of some region lawmakers.

February 09, 2014 6:00 am Related

Marriage amendment fight begins in Indiana House

INDIANAPOLIS | The marriage amendment and an unprecedented companion measure aimed at limiting the impact of the broadly worded amendment were filed Thursday in the Indiana House by state Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero. 

January 09, 2014 5:30 pm Related

GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana State Board of Education should resign

The entire Indiana State Board of Education should resign.

October 24, 2013 12:00 am

Free school supplies offered at school jamboree

GARY | The first 300 students who attend the back-to-school jamboree Saturday at Indiana University Northwest will receive free school supplies.

September 05, 2013 12:00 am

The Week Ahead - Lake County

THURSDAY

September 01, 2013 12:00 am

Indiana forgives charter school loans

Many local educators and politicians are calling outrageous a recent law forgiving $91.2 million in loans to charter schools, in light of tight finances faced by public schools across the region and districts that have had to raise taxes to maintain programs and quality teachers. Moreover, t…

August 31, 2013 7:58 pm

Students sought for 3 on 3 basketball tourney Sept. 7

GARY | Elementary, middle and high school  students are being sought to enter a 3 on 3 basketball tournament to be held as part of the 13th annual back to school jamboree.

August 25, 2013 12:15 am
Most Indiana lawmakers back Chamber of Commerce policy positions

Most Indiana lawmakers back Chamber of Commerce policy positions

INDIANAPOLIS | A new vote analysis of the 2013 legislative session shows the Republican-controlled General Assembly — except for a handful of region Democrats — was practically a wholly owned subsidiary of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

July 05, 2013 7:45 pm Related
Ball State defends spending on charter school oversight

Ball State defends spending on charter school oversight

A state legislator from Gary questions whether Ball State University has fully used the money it receives to support charter schools for the funds' intended purpose.

June 29, 2013 9:00 pm Related
ISTEP+ vendor to tell lawmakers what went wrong

ISTEP+ vendor to tell lawmakers what went wrong

INDIANAPOLIS | Three top executives from CTB/McGraw Hill, the company that administers the annual ISTEP+ standardized exams, are expected to explain to state lawmakers Friday why at least 78,269 Hoosier students experienced test interruptions in April and May.

June 20, 2013 7:00 pm Related
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