State education officials announced Wednesday morning fewer Indiana schools received the state’s highest letter grade rating in 2012. But three out of five schools still received an A or a B. State superintendent Tony Bennett unveiled the letter grades and said the grades are “positive news” overall for Indiana schools.
This year is the first time state officials have calculating A-to-F school ratings using their new growth model. The model places greater weight on individual students’ test score performance, rather than a school’s overall passing rate on statewide tests.
Indiana emergency response teams are heading to the East Coast to help states deal with Hurricane Sandy and an overlapping severe weather system.
A total of 107 Hoosiers and 44 vehicles – including 24 ambulances – will assist in New York, New Jersey and Maryland. State Department of Homeland Security director Joe Wainscott says Indiana began receiving requests for help Saturday. One of the units is already in Maryland; the others will arrive on the East Coast soon.
Wainscott says the bulk of the personnel are EMS providers.
Embattled GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock says he apologizes if anyone misunderstood his comments during Tuesday’s debate in which he said pregnancy resulting from rape was something God intended to happen. But he said Wednesday he won’t apologize for his beliefs.
In Indiana’s final U-S Senate debate the candidates repeated their attacks on each other, while shifting their focus to issues of foreign policy and social security.
Squaring off in Tuesday’s debate were Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Richard Mourdock, locked in a tight race with the balance of power in the U.S. Senate potentially in play. Libertarian Andrew Horning joined them to discuss foreign policy, Social Security and Medicare, and term limits for Congress.