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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
Gary schools convocation

Gary schools convocation

Gary school Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt thanks keynote speaker Tracy Weeden following her presentation to teachers Monday.

August 18, 2014 4:30 pm
Gary schools convocation

Gary schools convocation

Keynote speaker Tracy Weeden sits on the far left side of the panel of Gary school administrators, city and state officials and union leaders. The district held its annual convocation for teachers that focused on change in Gary schools.

August 18, 2014 4:23 pm
Lake Ridge Schools convocation2

Lake Ridge Schools convocation2

Lake Ridge teachers stand up in support of teachers who were honored for their years of service and others named to new positions. Teachers were welcomed back to the school district Monday, and school starts Wednesday for students.

August 18, 2014 2:47 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.

August 18, 2014 2:12 pm Photos

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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.

August 15, 2014 7:48 pm Photos

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Key changes at Gary's Bowman as school year starts

Key changes at Gary's Bowman as school year starts

Members of the Drexel Foundation meet at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy high school in Gary. The members, from left, are Bishop Dale Cudjoe, Anne Thompson, Thomas Barnes, Ben Clement, James Harris and RoseMarie Banks. The seventh board member, Kayrn Price-Boswell, was not present.

August 15, 2014 7:16 pm
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.

August 11, 2014 9:12 pm Photos

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Community supports revising plan

Community supports revising plan

Denise Dillard talks about different ways community organizations can work with the school district and help children.

August 11, 2014 8:50 pm
Community supports revising school plan

Community supports revising school plan

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, left, sits next to Gary schools Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt during a hearing at Dunbar-Pulaski.

August 11, 2014 8:48 pm
Community supports revising school plan

Community supports revising school plan

Dunbar-Pulaski eighth-grader Jazmyn Riggs reads from a prepared statement urging the Indiana Department of Education to keep her school open.

August 11, 2014 8:45 pm
Lighthouse College Prepratory Academy

Lighthouse College Prepratory Academy

Students listen in class as teacher Aarynn Bernard teaches a summer English class at Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy.

August 11, 2014 7:27 pm
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.

August 11, 2014 1:00 pm Photos

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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.

August 10, 2014 10:15 pm Photos

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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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Glenda Ritz visits West Side

Glenda Ritz visits West Side

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz addresses Gary residents at West Side Leadership Academy during a visit to the high school.

August 10, 2014 2:23 pm
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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New E.C. superintendent wows crowd

New E.C. superintendent wows crowd

New East Chicago Superintendent Youssef "Dr. Joe" Yomtoob speaks Wednesday at the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce luncheon at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago.

July 30, 2014 4:50 pm
New E.C. superintendent wows crowd

New E.C. superintendent wows crowd

Youssef Yomtoob, new School City of East Chicago superintendent, was the guest speaker at the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Wednesday at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago. Sitting in the crowd listening are Mayor Anthony Copeland, left, and Val Gomez, administrative assistant.

July 30, 2014 4:44 pm
New E.C. superintendent wows crowd

New E.C. superintendent wows crowd

New East Chicago schools Superintendent Youssef Yomtoob, left, sits next to East Chicago School Board President Jesse Gomez as they listen to Dave Ryan, executive director of the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, introduce Yomtoob on Wednesday.

July 30, 2014 4:39 pm
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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Campers learn 3-D printer modeling at Ivy Tech

Campers learn 3-D printer modeling at Ivy Tech

Christian Bryan, 11, of Merrillville, and Travis Biancardi, 13, of Burns Harbor, take out the models from the 3-D printer they made in the computer-design camp for students in grades five through eight at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest, Valparaiso campus.

July 18, 2014 1:02 pm
Campers learn 3-D printer modeling at Ivy Tech

Campers learn 3-D printer modeling at Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech professor Suzan Perry talks with Aco Sikoski, president of Ivy Tech Community College's Valparaiso campus, about students' work on a computer. Hobart Middle School eighth-grader Anna Bachmann, in the pink top, is one of about 10 students in the summer computer-design camp for studen…

July 18, 2014 12:49 pm
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
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