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State board cites problems in audit of School City of East Chicago

EAST CHICAGO | The Indiana State Board of Accounts cites numerous issues in its latest audit of the School City of East Chicago, including saying the teacher contract signed in 2011 appears to run afoul of a state law prohibiting school corporations from entering into contracts for which the…

August 25, 2014 6:30 pm
Teachers excited for new school year

Teachers excited for new school year

GARY | Teachers in Lake Ridge Schools and Gary Community School Corp. were fired up Monday, a couple of days before school starts, as keynote speakers addressed teachers in those respective districts.

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Special ed can begin before school

Parents need not wait until the start of their child's first school year to start receiving special education services, said Indiana Youth Institute President Bill Stanczykiewicz.

August 17, 2014 6:30 pm

Legislator decries attacks continue on public education

MUNSTER | One state representative believes Munster's deficit is the result of a continuing attack on public education. 

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
Munster school leaders blame state for deficit

Munster school leaders blame state for deficit

MUNSTER | Munster school leaders blame the district's $8 million deficit on a state funding formula, a 2008 state take over of the general fund and millions of dollars in education cuts by Gov. Mitch Daniels.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am Related
Key changes at Gary's Bowman as school year starts

Key changes at Gary's Bowman as school year starts

GARY | Just months before Thea Bowman Leadership Academy is to submit its application for charter school renewal, it has lost three key administrators with more than 90 years of experience in education among them.

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Renovation work continues at local schools

Renovation work continues at local schools

The largest school renovation project in Northwest Indiana continues in the Lake Central School Corp., where voters in the district approved a $160 million construction referendum in 2011.

August 14, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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Whiting Oilers gear up for first day of school

Whiting Oilers gear up for first day of school

WHITING | Students and parents stood in groups, along Oliver Street in Whiting, talking among themselves as they waited for school to open.

August 14, 2014 7:03 pm Photos

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State panel approves Ivy Tech lease/purchase of ALC

The State Budget Committee on Thursday approved Ivy Tech Community College's request to enter into a lease with an option to purchase the Purdue Academic Learning Center in Crown Point.

August 14, 2014 6:42 pm
Local technical centers, courses get students ready for college and careers

Local technical centers, courses get students ready for college and careers

With a part-time job at a Valparaiso laboratory and a college scholarship, Cole Ozbolt is proud of his vocational accomplishments.

August 13, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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IDOE assigns staff member to Gary schools

GARY |  As Gary schools prepare to welcome students Aug. 20, the Indiana Department of Education has assigned a staff member to help implement federal programs and serve as a state liaison with the district.

August 13, 2014 7:30 pm
Pilot program to focus on preschool education

Pilot program to focus on preschool education

Katrina McFerrin is pleased to see Lake County is one of five counties in the state selected to operate a preschool education program.

August 12, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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School year starts with controversial new standards

School year starts with controversial new standards

New Indiana State Standards — material all students in grades K-through-12 need to know — will be rolled out this year when school begins. 

August 11, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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Lake Ridge board again tables salary increase

CALUMET TWP. | The Lake Ridge Community Schools board has again tabled the issue of whether Superintendent Sharon Johnson-Shirley gets a salary increase and a contract extension.

August 11, 2014 9:38 pm
Communty supports revising school plan

Communty supports revising school plan

GARY | Dunbar-Pulaski eighth-grader Jazmyn Riggs urged members of the Indiana Department of Education to revise the school's improvement plan rather than closing the school or merging it with a higher performing middle school.

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Forbes ranks Valparaiso University among top 100

Forbes ranks Valparaiso University among top 100

VALPARAISO | Forbes has ranked Valparaiso University as one of the top 100 colleges in the Midwest in 2014 and the university regularly appears in Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” list.

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Looking Forward: Modest growth in region despite state upheaval

Looking Forward: Modest growth in region despite state upheaval

While there continues to be upheaval in education at the state level, student test scores continue to show modest gains in Northwest Indiana, schools will make some transitions to comply with Indiana's new state standards and seven new school superintendents head up districts in the region.

August 10, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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New East Chicago schools chief working to resolve issues

New East Chicago schools chief working to resolve issues

EAST CHICAGO | East Chicago's new Superintendent Youssef "Dr. Joe" Yomtoob is said to be a financial wizard who will eliminate the school district's $6 million deficit and upgrade academic performance.

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State ed department partners with Gary schools

State ed department partners with Gary schools

GARY | When school begins this fall, the Indiana Department of Education will play a more significant role in operations at the Gary Community School Corp.

August 10, 2014 10:15 pm Photos

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YOMTOOB talks

YOMTOOB talks

New East Chicago school Superintendent Youssef "Dr. Joe" Yomtoob, center, meets and greets people at a recent Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Here Yomtoob is talking to Rebecca Holwerda, Northwest Indiana Regional director for U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, and East Chicago School Board Presid…

August 10, 2014 11:09 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

Gary schools, EdisonLearning continue making progress

INDIANAPOLIS | An Indiana Department of Education leader reported that EdisonLearning and the Gary Community School Corp. are working together to resolve issues.

August 06, 2014 6:27 pm
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YOMTOOB talks3

New East Chicago School Superintendent Youssef "Dr. Joe" Yomtoob meets and greets people during a recent Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce luncheon on his behalf.

August 03, 2014 11:19 am
YOMTOOB talks2

YOMTOOB talks2

New East Chicago school superintendent Youssef "Dr. Joe" Yomtoob talks to Rebecca Holwerda, far left, Dave Ryan and Jesse Gomez, far right, during a "meet and greet" for Yomtoob sponsored by the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.

August 03, 2014 11:14 am
No mass exodus of region educators due to retirement changes

No mass exodus of region educators due to retirement changes

Teachers Dave Kenning and Judy Commers are retiring this year from the Porter County Career Center, taking with them more than 60 years of combined experience and institutional knowledge, said Jon Groth, the school's director.

August 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Beaten Hammond schools chief continuing recovery

Beaten Hammond schools chief continuing recovery

HAMMOND | Hammond schools Superintendent Walter Watkins is continuing to recover.

July 30, 2014 7:30 pm
New East Chicago superintendent wows crowd

New East Chicago superintendent wows crowd

EAST CHICAGO | New East Chicago Superintendent Youssef "Dr. Joe" Yomtoob got the heart pumping and the crowd clapping when he laid out his qualifications for his new job and gave a rousing presentation on his thoughts about education and how he intends to move the School City of East Chicago…

July 30, 2014 6:43 pm Photos

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River Forest names former region educator as superintendent

River Forest names former region educator as superintendent

HOBART | The River Forest Community School Corp. named a former region educator as the new superintendent.

July 24, 2014 8:47 pm

Water back on at Gary Roosevelt

GARY | The water service has been restored to Gary Roosevelt College and Career Academy a month after it was turned off for nonpayment of bills, school officials said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 5:30 pm
3-D printers open new vistas for campers

3-D printers open new vistas for campers

VALPARAISO | A handful of students from across Northwest Indiana have benefited from a summer computer-design camp for middle school students at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest, Valparaiso campus.

July 18, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Professionals discuss public service careers

Professionals discuss public service careers

GARY | Indiana University Northwest students are getting an opportunity to hear from legislators, politicians and other professionals regarding possible careers available with a degree in public and environmental affairs.

July 17, 2014 5:50 pm
Hammond school superintendent listed in fair condition

Hammond school superintendent listed in fair condition

HAMMOND | Walter Watkins, the School City of Hammond superintendent who was brutally beaten two weeks ago, has been upgraded to fair condition.

July 16, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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Lake Ridge School Board to talk more about salary increase

CALUMET TWP. | The Lake Ridge School Board will further negotiate a salary increase for Superintendent Sharon Johnson-Shirley.

July 14, 2014 8:30 pm

State audit finds some accounts overdrawn in Hammond schools

HAMMOND | The Indiana State Board of Accounts audit of the School City of Hammond shows some accounts are overdrawn.

July 14, 2014 5:49 pm

Roosevelt utility bills estimated at $1 million

GARY | The utility bills at Gary Roosevelt, where school has not been in session since late June, amount to about $1 million.

July 09, 2014 5:57 pm

Ivy Tech pursues purchase of Purdue Academic Learning Center

Ivy Tech Community College is pursuing acquisition of the Purdue Academic Learning Center in Merrillville.

July 09, 2014 5:30 pm

Hammond School Board names acting superintendent

HAMMOND | The chief administrator for academic services for the School City of Hammond has been named the acting superintendent while Superintendent Walter Watkins remains hospitalized.

July 08, 2014 7:34 pm
Merrillville High named Four Star School

Merrillville High named Four Star School

MERRILLVILLE | Merrillville High School joined the ranks of schools which were named Indiana Four Star Schools in the 2012-13 school year.

July 07, 2014 5:18 pm Photos

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Merrillville High named Four Star School

Merrillville High named Four Star School

Mark Schellinger, a government teacher at Merrillville High School, teaches a summer government class.

July 07, 2014 3:15 pm
Merrillville High named Four Star School

Merrillville High named Four Star School

Merrillville High School government teacher Mark Schellinger talks to students about the differences between state and federal government rights. Schellinger is teaching a summer government class.

July 07, 2014 3:12 pm
School officials reviewing new federal breakfast, lunch program

School officials reviewing new federal breakfast, lunch program

Some region school food service directors are looking at new federal guidelines allowing more students to eat free school breakfasts and lunches.

July 06, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Watkins' condition improves

HAMMOND | The condition of Hammond Schools Superintendent Walter Watkins has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, a hospital spokesman said.

July 05, 2014 8:00 pm

Hammond police search for clues in school chief's case

HAMMOND | Hammond police continue to search for clues in the brutal beating of Walter Watkins, the School City of Hammond superintendent.

July 03, 2014 7:30 pm
Hammond school chief in critical condition

Hammond school chief in critical condition

HAMMOND | The superintendent for the School City of Hammond remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

July 02, 2014 2:59 pm Photos

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Hammond school superintendent severely beaten in home invasion

Hammond school superintendent severely beaten in home invasion

HAMMOND | The superintendent for the School City of Hammond was severely beaten during a home invasion, police said.

July 01, 2014 4:18 pm Photos

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Lake Ridge superintendent's salary dispute escalates into tiff

CALUMET TOWNSHIP | The community's displeasure with a salary increase for the Lake Ridge superintendent escalated into a disagreement Monday night between her husband and some residents.

July 01, 2014 1:25 pm
Gary school buildings need millions of dollars in repairs

Gary school buildings need millions of dollars in repairs

GARY | The Gary Community School Corp. needs a minimum of $6.5 million to repair and renovate some of the school buildings that will be open this fall.

July 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Lake Ridge School Board tables raise request

CALUMET TWP. | The Lake Ridge School Board tabled the superintendent's request for a raise Monday night.

June 30, 2014 9:15 pm

Lake County submits early childhood proposal

After a month of hard work, the One Region organization has submitted its preschool pilot proposal on behalf of Lake County to the Family and Social Service Administration.

June 30, 2014 4:19 pm

IDOE submits waiver request to feds

The Indiana Department of Education on Monday submitted its application for a waiver from some aspects of No Child Left Behind.

June 30, 2014 3:58 pm
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