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Educators, law enforcement train to assess threats at schools

Educators, law enforcement train to assess threats at schools

LAKE STATION | With the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and recent stabbings at a Pennsylvania high school in the rearview mirror, Indiana State Police's school safety liaison focused on threat assessment Wednesday during a training session in Lake Station.

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Ivy Tech introduces Gary president to the community

Ivy Tech introduces Gary president to the community

GARY | The new Ivy Tech Gary campus president envisions making the campus more community focused and engaging the entire community in emphasizing workforce development and meeting the demands of emerging industries.

April 16, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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Purdue University making strides, increasing numbers

WESTVILLE | While some universities across the country have declining student enrollment, Purdue University is reporting growth.

April 15, 2014 8:30 pm

State: 60 days is up for Roosevelt fixes

GARY | Today marks the deadline for Gary Community School Corp. to complete mold remediation and improve indoor air quality at Gary Roosevelt College and Career Academy.

April 14, 2014 9:00 pm
Three Gary schools shine

Three Gary schools shine

GARY | Although 13 of 16 Gary schools have been graded D or F by the Indiana Department of Education, three elementary schools are shining stars.

April 14, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Local leaders weigh in on school suicide prevention

Local leaders weigh in on school suicide prevention

When tragedies hit schools, districts throughout the region respond in a variety of ways.

April 12, 2014 7:00 pm
Group holds workshop in effort to prevent teen suicides

Group holds workshop in effort to prevent teen suicides

MERRILLVILLE | The District 1 Northwest Indiana Suicide Prevention Council held a workshop Friday that focused on increasing the understanding and awareness of youth suicide, suicide risk factors and treating and preventing suicides among adolescents.

April 11, 2014 5:45 pm
Michigan educators look to learn from Merrillville schools

Michigan educators look to learn from Merrillville schools

MERRILLVILLE | More than a half-dozen educators from the Michigan Department of Education and the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center are on a two-day visit to the Merrillville Community School Corp. to see its success firsthand.

April 09, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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ISU recruiting in Northwest Indiana

ISU recruiting in Northwest Indiana

Dozens of local high school students and their parents, along with Indiana State University alumni, turned out Tuesday night for a recruiting event at the Wicker Memorial Park Social Center in Highland.

April 09, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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State auditors investigating Griffith elementary school

GRIFFITH | The Indiana State Board of Accounts has not released an audit of Eldon Ready Elementary School in the Griffith Public Schools pending further investigation.

April 07, 2014 8:45 pm

State Board of Accounts cites issues with Griffith teachers union contract

GRIFFITH | The Indiana State Board of Accounts noted errors in the contract between the Griffith Federation of Teachers Local 761 and Griffith Public Schools.

April 07, 2014 8:30 pm
Father talks about son's suicide

Father talks about son's suicide

SCHERERVILLE | The family of a former Lake Central High School student who died last week as a result of suicide appreciates the outpouring of love and support, his father said.

April 07, 2014 7:30 pm
Purdue extends contract for PNC chancellor

Purdue extends contract for PNC chancellor

As Purdue University Calumet in Hammond and Purdue University North Central in Westville work to consolidate the two campuses, the Purdue University board of trustees extended the contract for Purdue North Central Chancellor James Dworkin.

April 07, 2014 4:15 pm
Purdue board likes the idea of PUC/PNC consolidation

Purdue board likes the idea of PUC/PNC consolidation

WESTVILLE | Members of the Board of Trustees for Purdue University had nothing but good things to say about the consolidation of Purdue University Calumet in Hammond and Purdue University North Central in Westville.

April 04, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Lake Central, students coping with two suicides

Lake Central, students coping with two suicides

ST. JOHN | A second Lake Central High School student committed suicide Wednesday night, following a sit-in Wednesday involving about 200 students, according to a parent who notified The Times. Details were not immediately available on the second student suicide.

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Ritz pledges to work with Gary schools

Ritz pledges to work with Gary schools

GARY | Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz made a stop in Northwest Indiana on Wednesday to repeat the department is not taking over the Gary schools but will work with the district to build a stronger school system.

April 02, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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Community leaders focus on student discipline

Community leaders focus on student discipline

GARY | An assistant professor of public and environmental affairs contends less money is being dedicated to public schools causing schools to become more impoverished.

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Deputy director talks about education standards

Deputy director talks about education standards

HAMMOND | Indiana's deputy superintendent of public instruction said the department expected the backlash it received regarding the draft Indiana standards.

March 27, 2014 7:44 pm
Gary schools superintendent highlights accomplishments

Gary schools superintendent highlights accomplishments

GARY | On the heels of the state's designating the Gary Community School Corp. a "high risk" district and taking over its federal funds, Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt touted the district's accomplishments and talked about the future.

March 26, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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Panel focuses on 'school-to-prison pipeline'

Panel focuses on 'school-to-prison pipeline'

GARY | Fred Green contends he understands the "school-to-prison pipeline" firsthand.

March 25, 2014 9:15 pm Photos

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Next step for failing Gary schools is assessing needs

Next step for failing Gary schools is assessing needs

GARY | A needs assessment will be the next step in the process of turning around the failing Gary school district.

March 23, 2014 7:33 pm

Glenda Ritz to focus on literacy during PUC visit

HAMMOND | Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz will stop in the region Thursday to promote her literacy campaign.

March 23, 2014 5:30 pm
300 high school students learn about climate change at Rotary program

300 high school students learn about climate change at Rotary program

HAMMOND | A Nobel Peace Prize-winner told about 300 students that climate changes pose fundamental threats to people, places, land, sea and various species.

March 21, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Develop solid goals, Hammond students advised

Develop solid goals, Hammond students advised

HAMMOND | A 1970 graduate of Morton High School encouraged students to develop good goals and surround themselves with friends who have solid goals so they can support one another.

March 20, 2014 8:04 pm Photos

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Children face difficulties in raising themselves out of poverty

Although America is the land of opportunity, a Harvard University study contends that may not be the case for every child.

March 19, 2014 8:00 pm

Munster schools were in red before voters OK'd referendum

MUNSTER | An audit released by the Indiana State Board of Accounts this week shows the School Town of Munster's budget was in the red before voters approved a general fund referendum in May 2013.

March 19, 2014 6:30 pm

Andrean High School principal on leave

MERRILLVILLE | The principal at Andrean High School is on a leave of absence.

March 19, 2014 5:30 pm
Schools comply with new Indiana bullying law

Schools comply with new Indiana bullying law

While schools across the country encourage anti-bullying programs, Indiana is one of the few states that require them.

March 18, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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River Forest consolidates, considers cuts

HOBART | The River Forest School Corp. is in a financial crisis, facing a $700,000-plus deficit this school year, the district's top official said.

March 17, 2014 7:45 pm
IDOE to partner with Gary schools

IDOE to partner with Gary schools

GARY | The Indiana Department of Education has labeled the Gary Community School Corp. a high risk district, paving the way to take over its federal funds and determine how they are spent.

March 17, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Out with the new, in with the old?

Out with the new, in with the old?

Educators say Indiana's new standards about what students should know and be able to do at each grade level are not measuring up.

March 16, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Educators: New grade system will be more fair

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz maintains she does not intend to follow in her predecessor's footsteps and take over failing public schools.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Educators, politicians support early childhood education

Educators, politicians support early childhood education

Democrats and Republicans may differ on many issues, but all recognize that early childhood education is key to a successful student and productive citizen.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Educators, businesses focus on college and careers

Educators, businesses focus on college and careers

As educators and business professionals across Northwest Indiana continue to work to improve education, the K-12 and Higher Education Teams of READY NWI have explored grant opportunities and identified ways  K-12 and higher education can work more effectively together.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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State releases audit report on Lighthouse schools

GARY | No glaring errors were reported in a state audit of three Lake County schools operated by Lighthouse Academies of Indiana Inc.

March 15, 2014 5:45 pm

Free, reduced price lunches calculated incorrectly, audit says

VALPARAISO | The Indiana State Board of Accounts recently cited issues in the Porter Township Schools lunch program in its audit.

March 12, 2014 7:42 pm

IRS investigating possible identity theft at Munster schools

MUNSTER | The Internal Revenue Service is investigating several cases of what may be identity theft at the School Town of Munster.

March 10, 2014 6:25 pm
Gary, other cities target education initiatives

Gary, other cities target education initiatives

GARY | Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson is one of 14 mayors across the country who will partner with the National League of Cities and the U.S. Department of Education to hold a “community conversation” to discuss strategies to advance learning, student engagement and improve schools.

March 10, 2014 6:09 pm Photos

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Ivy Tech reorganizes its Corporate College

Ivy Tech Community College has reorganized its Corporate College across its geographic regions to reduce costs, increase efficiency and provide better outreach efforts to businesses throughout the state.

March 07, 2014 5:30 pm

State audit board says Dunes charter school had excessive cash

GARY | The Indiana State Board of Accounts released an audit report for Charter School of the Dunes showing that in 2009-10, it had excessive cash on hand from federal stimulus money and wasn't able to access the remaining funds.

March 06, 2014 6:15 pm

Purdue Calumet working on deal to sell M'ville Academic Learning Center

MERRILLVILLE | Leaders at Purdue University Calumet say there is a buyer for the Academic Learning Center in Merrillville but the details of the agreement have not yet been ironed out.

March 04, 2014 7:08 pm
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

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Hammond parents protest removing principals

HAMMOND | Parents packed a special School City of Hammond board meeting Thursday night to protest the removal of principals at several failing schools.

February 27, 2014 9:08 pm

Gary school principals present improvement plans

GARY | Several Gary principals outlined school improvement plans, which included increasing English and math ISTEP+ scores, improving parent involvement and stepping up professional development.

February 25, 2014 10:00 pm

State health department cites mold, air quality problems at Gary Roosevelt

GARY | An Indiana State Department of Heath inspection at Roosevelt College & Career Academy cited mold, air quality problems and standing water in the building.

February 20, 2014 6:45 pm

Some Hammond schools present improvement plans

HAMMOND | Seven Hammond schools presented Student Achievement Plans on Tuesday to focus on how to improve the schools academically.

February 18, 2014 11:30 pm

Nothing found during routine school drug search

MERRILLVILLE | Nothing was found when the Merrillville Community School Corp. conducted a drug search Tuesday morning at Pierce Middle School, the freshman center and the main Merrillville High School building.

February 18, 2014 3:00 pm

Gary schools review dismal budget prospects

GARY | Gary school leaders mulled the district's dismal financial picture, declining student enrollment and need to cut staff. 

February 17, 2014 7:15 pm

Regional, state colleges focus on college completion

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education on Tuesday released its 2014 Indiana College Completion Report, which shows just 3 in 10 students who enroll at an Indiana four-year campus graduate on time and only half finish within six years.

February 17, 2014 7:15 pm
MSD Boone Township board to vote on referendum

MSD Boone Township board to vote on referendum

HEBRON | School leaders in the Metropolitan School District of Boone Township hope to have more success with a general fund referendum than they did a year ago.

February 17, 2014 11:30 am Photos

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