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All Indiana teachers collectively won the 2021 Teacher of the Year in recognition of the challenges each face during the pandemic, the state education department said Tuesday.

For more than 60 years the Indiana Department of Education picked a single educator to recognize as teacher of the year. Those who won, showed excellence in the classroom and went above and beyond to help their students.

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says all teachers have done that and more in response to school building closures and the pandemic.

Starting this week, families whose children receive free or reduced lunch at school will receive additional SNAP benefits, or food stamps. 

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says it’s disappointed the governor’s office has not decided to implement a work share program. It’s a common system in other states that lets workers keep jobs while accessing some unemployment benefits.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 14 additional confirmed deaths on Monday, bringing the state’s total to 1,621. The state announced more than 28,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 184,000 Hoosiers tested.

Indiana has its first confirmed case of a new condition known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.

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