Governor Mike Pence signed legislation Thursday to create a preschool pilot program he says is the beginning of a new chapter of hope and opportunity for Indiana’s disadvantaged children.
The program will provide anywhere between two thousand and six thousand dollars per child so low-income Hoosier kids in five counties can attend a high quality preschool program. Governor Pence signed the bill at DayStar Childcare Ministries in Indianapolis.
Researchers have known for years that black male students are disciplined in schools more frequently than their white peers.
New research from Indiana University confirms that gap exists nationwide, but it goes a step further – black girls, Latinos, and gay students are also at risk of being over-referred and suspended from school.
The new studies find suspensions are often given for relatively small offenses, things like loitering and dress code violations.
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A series of research papers examining the disparities in school disciplinary practices released earlier this month show students of color are suspended at much higher rates. The findings were released by the Equity Project at Indiana University.
The new series of briefing papers reinforces what has been acknowledged by researchers for years – that young men of color are being over-referred and receive higher rates of out of school suspension. In Indiana, black male students are two to three-and-a-half times more likely to be suspended.
It’s official — Indiana is out of the Common Core.
Governor Pence signed a bill Monday reversing an earlier decision to share academic standards with 44 other states and the District of Columbia. Still, the state’s next set of standards will likely have substantial overlap with the Common Core.
Pence has said repeatedly Indiana will have academic standards written ‘by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers.’
After signing the bill withdrawing Indiana from the Common Core, he praised state education officials’ efforts.
Legislation that made its way to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s desk would halt a state-run energy conservation plan. But a coalition opposing the bill is petitioning Pence for a veto.
Former Gov. Mitch Daniels created the Energizing Indiana plan in 2009 to increase the number of energy conservation programs available to rate payers throughout the state. The program also put in place mandatory energy savings benchmarks for private utility companies.
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