Indiana’s proposed federal education plan has been published online and it is now in the hands of Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Indiana is required to submit a new federal education plan this year as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind law in 2015.

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The plan includes the state’s academic standards, how students will be tested on those standards and plans to help to failing schools.

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University of Southern Indiana President Dr. Linda L. M. Bennett has announced her retirement after the 2017-18 school year. Bennett has served as the university’s president the past nine years. Before her inauguration, she served as USI’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs for about six years.

“I have to say that I’ve enjoyed my career and especially the phase here at USI,” said Bennett at a press conference. “I’ve served three other universities and they’re all wonderful institutions, but I am particularly grateful to wrap up my career here at USI.”

Indiana school districts with 2,000 or fewer students lag behind academically as compared to larger corporations, according to a study commissioned by the Indiana Chamber and released Tuesday.

The report, conducted by researchers at Ball State University, found that the enrollment size of a school corporation correlates with student test scores and access to college prep courses.

Indiana says it wants to help train train more Hoosier workers for in-demand jobs. Two grant programs will help cover tuition for career certificates and training costs for employers in what the state calls “high-demand” areas.

The legislature approved $10 million apiece over two years for the two programs – the Workforce Ready Grant and the Employer Training Grant.

An Indianapolis charter school will be one of the first in the country to use a virtual reality program to teach science to high school students.

Hope Academy, on the city’s far northeast side, is purchasing the software and curriculum from a tech-startup to supplement its traditional classroom teaching.