Under new rules recently adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education, high schools in Indiana will now be able to hire people without formal training as a teacher or school administrator. These new rules are similar to those first proposed by Tony Bennett, former state superintendent of public education. During the last general election Bennett, a republican, lost to Democrat Glenda Ritz after he proposed similar rules that were broadly criticized for de-professionalizing teaching. The new rules were adopted in a 6 to 5 vote of the state board of education over the objections of Ritz. One of the critics of these new rules and of the Bennett proposals is Gerardo Gonzales, Dean of the IU School of Education in Bloomington. Correspondent David Murphy asked Dean Gonzales to comment on the new rules for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
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Last week Governor Mike Pence unveiled his plan for covering the 350,000 Hoosiers who have been ineligible for both Affordable Care Act coverage and the Healthy Indiana Plan during the past year as Pence has resisted adopting the ACA and accepting federal funding to provide health insurance to those in need. The Daily Local news ran reports from affordable insurance advocates last week, and today, brings you the Governors take on accessible health insurance, for today’s Daily Local news feature report.
Bloomington Playwrights Project’s final show of the 2013-2014 season, the original musical “Greta”, opens tomorrow night at 7:30pm. WFHB correspondent Jennifer Whitaker spoke to Chad Rabinovitz, Producing Artistic Director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project, about his personal story, the new show and BPP’s summer education opportunities for children and teens for this WFHB feature exclusive.
The exhibit “Raintree County: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Ross Lockridge, Jr.” currently on display at Indiana University’s Lilly Library is coming to a close on May 19th. The exhibit explores and celebrates the life and work of Indiana author, Ross Lockridge, Jr., and the world of his iconic novel, Raintree County. Highlighted are about 400 of 75,000 items donated by the family to serve as an archive for use in the study of Lockridge’s only novel. Included are the controversial geoglyph drawn by the author for use as the book’s dust jacket, as well as the family’s Henry County Atlas which serves as a totem for the novel’s hero. Correspondent Doug Storm spoke with Cherry Williams, the Lilly Library Curator of Manuscripts and Eric Sandweiss, IU History professor and editor of the Indiana Magazine of History, about the scope of the exhibit for today’s daily local news feature report, courtesy of Interchange.
A press conference held today revealed the positive impact of arts programing on Fairview Preschoolers during this academic year. Dr. Gus Weltsek and Ginger Brinn worked with Fairview instructor Lynne Hall to bring drama and visual arts into the curriculum several times a week. Preschoolers were tested on vocabulary, alliteration, and rhyming before the program and again in December, when strong improvements were found. Representatives involved in the program spoke about the importance of arts programming in schools at an early age, and Hall’s students shared some of their activities, here for today’s WFHB feature report.
In recent months, almost a million Americans submitted comments about new regulations that would cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. That includes tens of thousands of Hoosiers. The comment period ended Friday and the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue its new rules this summer. Indiana’s coal industry has steadfastly opposed regulations like these, which they say would make it impossible to open new coal plants. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke this morning with an industry lobbyist, and we bring you that interview for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
On May first, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly’s office in Washington released a statement that he would be supporting a Senate bill that would approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipleline, thereby over-riding the executive approval process that has been repeatedly delayed by President Obama, most recently until after the fall elections. Correspondent David Murphy speaks to Senator Donnelly about his support for the Keystone XL pipeline for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
A report released this week in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency gave new insight into future climate change and how it will affect the United States. WFHB Correspondent David Murphy speaks with Indiana University Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Sara Pryor, about the findings on this report and what they mean for the future of environmental changes in Indiana, for today’s Daily Local News feature exclusive.