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5:05 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Pence Signs Pre-K Pilot Bill

Gov. Mike Pence signed the pre-K pilot bill Thursday at DayStar Childcare Ministries in Indianapolis.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

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. 

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Opinion - Politics
4:32 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

No One Said It Would Be Easy

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
Credit Courtesy / Andrew Downs

Minnesota has one of those problems many states would like to have. It is trying to figure out what do to with a growing budget surplus.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the January seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Minnesota was the ninth best rate in the United States at 4.7% and the economy is growing.  Short-term projections for the state are that there will be 42,000 more jobs by the fourth quarter of 2014 than there were in the fourth quarter of 2013. 

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The Difference
8:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Interview: IU's Russell Skiba on Research Showing Black Students More Likely to be Suspended

Dr. Russell Skiba, professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology, and Director of the Equity Project at Indiana University.
Credit Russell Skiba

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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Station News
2:08 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Update On 89.1 WBOI's Signal Strength

As many listeners know, on March 19th, a power surge caused significant damage to 89.1 WBOI's transmitter. Our chief engineer began working on the problem immediately to prevent further damage, but the incident forced us to utilize a back-up transmitter with reduced signal strength. This means fewer listeners outside the Fort Wayne metro area can hear us clearly as of now.

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The Difference
1:43 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

New IU Research Sharpens Focus on Discipline Disparity in Schools

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.

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Education
5:16 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Pence Signs Bill Pulling Indiana Out of Common Core

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation Monday officially pulling the state out of Common Core.

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.

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Arts & Culture
2:36 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

"Willy Wonka" is Youtheatre's Golden Ticket

Fort Wayne Youtheatre's production of "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka" steps onto the St. Francis stage starting Friday, March 21st.
Credit Courtesy / Leslie Hormann

The Fort Wayne Youtheatre has been around since 1934, making it the third oldest children's theater in the nation.

In 2012, Executive Director Leslie Hormann broadened the group's horizons, adding collaborations with various local arts organizations to the Youtheatre's repertoire.

This month, along with the University of St Francis, they’re bringing their own interpretation of "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka” to the Fort Wayne stage.

WBOI’s Julia Meek recently spoke with Leslie Hormann at the Madge Rothschild Studios.

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Politics & Government
2:08 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Group Wants Pence to Veto Bill That Ends Energy Conservation Plan

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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Station News
7:15 am
Thu March 20, 2014

89.1 WBOI Running at Reduced Power Due to Electrical Issues

Due to electrical issues beyond our control, 89.1 WBOI is running at reduced power.  We hope to have the issue resolved as soon as possible.  Remember, you can always listen online at wboi.org or by downloading the free NIPR app for your smartphone or tablet.  We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience!

Opinion - Health
2:27 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

School Districts Need a Uniform Policy for Allergens in the Classroom

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Courtesy / Abraham Schwab

In a 2013 comedy special, Louis C.K. provides a provocative contrast of good thoughts and bad thoughts he calls “Of course . . . But maybe” (Ed.: video contains content some readers may find offensive).

His first example: “Of course” we should protect children with nut allergies by segregating their food. Of course we should. “But maybe” if you touch a nut and it kills you, you’re supposed to die.

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