Education

One of Indiana’s leading preschool advocacy organizations wants the state to better align its elementary and preschool classrooms. The group says the disconnect can cause frustrating overlaps for both students and teachers.

The report from Early Learning Indiana says classroom cohesion for young children has important benefits – like more student progress and efficiency for teachers.

The State Board of Education approved school corporation A-F letter grades Wednesday for the 2016-2017 school year.

Of the state 289 school corporations 48 earned an A on for 2017. That’s more than double the number of districts that earned the top grade last year – 23 corporations.

Of the districts assigned 2017 grades: 149 assigned B; 63 assigned C; Six assigned; One assigned F.

An Indiana Board of Education member has resigned as leader of the beleaguered Hoosier Academies charter school network amid state sanctions due to years of failing academics.

Byron Ernest led Hoosier Academies Virtual School and two other related schools in the Indianapolis-based network since 2014. He did not respond to a request for comment.

A national nonprofit is partnering with Indiana to improve high-speed internet access for schools across Indiana during the next two years.

The focus will be on 30 schools that lack high-speed fiber connections. There will also be assistance for school districts to apply for federal grants to improve broadband infrastructure or increase classroom Wi-Fi access.

The organization EducationSuperHighway, a San Francisco-based nonprofit working to bring internet access to U.S. classrooms, will also help local schools negotiate lower rates with internet providers.

Children in Indiana’s minority and immigrant populations often have a more difficult start in life according to the conclusions of the latest look at disparity in wellbeing for Hoosier kids.

About 20 percent of Indiana’s population identifies as African-American, Hispanic, Asian or another non-white race.

Indiana Youth Institute President Tami Silverman says a new report from the Annie E. Casey foundation finds children in these households are less likely to benefit from opportunities to grow and develop.

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