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Valpo high teacher leads students on natural adventures

Valpo high teacher leads students on natural adventures

VALPARAISO | Every day is an adventure for students in Heidi Bernardi's zoology class at Valparaiso High School, whether they are trekking through the school's nature center, just off the football field, or dissecting squid in the school lab.

September 21, 2014 11:15 pm Photos

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St. Thomas More sets precedent with president

St. Thomas More sets precedent with president

MUNSTER | St. Thomas More School in Munster has become the first elementary school in the Catholic Diocese of Gary to adopt the president/principal form of governance.

September 20, 2014 11:15 pm Photos

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Educators push college completion

Educators push college completion

A number of initiatives have been put in place to make college completion a reality, inline with the goal of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education that 60 percent of Hoosiers obtain credentials or degrees beyond high school by 2025.

September 19, 2014 7:44 am Photos

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IUN grad students propose new education strategies

IUN grad students propose new education strategies

GARY | Graduate students at Indiana University Northwest took information from a community conversation on education and developed a strategic plan that was presented Tuesday at a Conversation on Education Part II.

September 18, 2014 4:37 pm

Purdue Calumet possibly hacked

HAMMOND | A student data system at Purdue University Calumet may have been hacked.

September 17, 2014 7:00 pm
Gary schools announces improved grades

Gary schools announces improved grades

GARY | While Gary schools Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt maintains she does not like the way the state of Indiana grades schools, she released preliminary grades Wednesday showing several schools improved.

September 17, 2014 4:15 pm Photos

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Teachers help students focus on culinary creations

Teachers help students focus on culinary creations

VALPARAISO | Devon Chapman watched a chef visiting from Johnson & Wales University closely to see what he used as he prepared Enchilada Rotini, using a pinch of this and a little of that.

September 14, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Gary Career Center

Gary Career Center

Students work in the welding shop at the Gary Career Center.

September 12, 2014 5:05 pm
Hammond Area Career Center picture

Hammond Area Career Center picture

Students work on a building in the Construction Technology program at the Hammond Area Career Center.

September 12, 2014 5:02 pm

E.C. school leaders investigate another fight

EAST CHICAGO | An East Chicago Central high school teacher was indirectly injured by broken glass Thursday when students were fighting.

September 12, 2014 3:30 pm
School leaders take stock of students

School leaders take stock of students

School superintendents across Northwest Indiana and the state took a tally of each student enrolled in school Friday for the first ADM or Average Daily Membership count, taken in September and again in February, to determine how much money each school district will receive.

September 12, 2014 1:06 pm Photos

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Hammond High teacher accused of throwing chair

HAMMOND | A substitute teacher at Hammond High School is accused of throwing a chair at a student in the classroom.

September 10, 2014 7:58 pm
Ritz lauds teaching in Merrillville

Ritz lauds teaching in Merrillville

MERRILLVILLE | As she walked around and listened to teachers and students interact in Merrillville Community Schools, Indiana education leader Glenda Ritz told educators they are doing the kind of teaching that needs to happen all over the state.

September 10, 2014 7:18 pm Photos

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No raise for Lake Ridge superintendent Johnson-Shirley

CALUMET TWP. | The Lake Ridge School Board voted against giving its superintendent a raise.

September 10, 2014 3:03 pm

Munster schools want state to change funding formula

MUNSTER | The Munster School Board passed a resolution saying it wants the state Legislature to change the school funding formula to make it fair.

September 09, 2014 8:30 pm
Jefferson first-graders celebrate International Literacy Day

Jefferson first-graders celebrate International Literacy Day

GARY | Jefferson Elementary School first-graders want you to know reading is fun, and they celebrated in a big way with new books and a parade through the building.

September 08, 2014 7:45 pm Photos

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Gary school leaders hear preliminary budget

Gary school leaders hear preliminary budget

GARY | As Gary school board members review a budget for 2015, they learned enrollment is down by about 500 students.

September 08, 2014 6:34 pm

East Chicago teen arrested after fight

EAST CHICAGO | A 15-year-old girl was arrested following a couple of different fights at East Chicago Central High School Thursday, and a school administrator suffered minor injuries when she tried to break up the fight.

September 08, 2014 6:12 pm
Da'Ione Fields: Driven to succeed

Da'Ione Fields: Driven to succeed

GARY | Da'Ione Fields of Gary balances academics, work and volunteering as he hones his skills with an eye toward a career in forensic science.

September 07, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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New alliances, plans aimed at filling jobs

New alliances, plans aimed at filling jobs

GARY | Ivy Tech Community College is expanding its footprint in Northwest Indiana and the North Central region and positioning itself for the future.

September 04, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Hobart High Spanish teacher brings language to life

Hobart High Spanish teacher brings language to life

HOBART | Hola, ¿Cómo estás? ¿Vienes preparado? Vamos a repasar los verbos en el pasado con el iPad. 

August 31, 2014 9:15 pm Photos

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Educators push college completion

Educators push college completion

Damond Ferguson of Gary reviews his schedule before choosing his books for the fall semester at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest, Gary campus. He works at the campus in the bookstore and is majoring in early childhood education.

August 28, 2014 10:56 am
Educators push college completion

Educators push college completion

Tony DeHoyos, an employee in the bookstore at Ivy Tech Community College Gary campus, shelves books in preparation of college classes which began Aug. 25.

August 28, 2014 10:52 am
Educators push college completion

Educators push college completion

As part of Purdue Calumet’s experiential learning initiative, more than 260 students presented 162 research projects during Student Research Day on campus April 3. Chemistry professor Hal Pinnick listens to a student as she highlights her work.

August 25, 2014 6:36 pm

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
Educators push college completion

Educators push college completion

The Purdue University Calumet Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) received a $480,000 federal grant a couple of years ago to launch a consortium for developing long term technical solutions for improving efficiency, lowering production costs, advancing steel man…

August 25, 2014 6:29 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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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 Related

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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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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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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
YOMTOOB talks3

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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