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Public Comment on Seven Oaks Classical School Ends Tomorrow

Public comment on the charter for Seven Oaks Classical School ends tomorrow. Seven Oaks is a charter school that would open in the fall of 2016 at the Eagles Landing Mall building in Ellettsville. A member of the Seven Oaks board, Terry English, has said the school would have a more conservative approach to education than other local public schools. …

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State Representative, Matt Ubelhor, Resigns from the House of Representitives

State Representative Matt Ubelhor has resigned from the House of Representatives. Ubelhor was the majority whip and announced this week that he is resigning on December 1. He stated that he can’t continue his job and also serve as a citizen legislator because his job at Peabody Energy is moving. Ubelhor has been in the House since 2010. He represents …

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New Bill May Extend Civil Rights to LGBTQ Community; Some Lawmakers Seek to Move Past This Issue

In the wake of the Religious Freedom bill from earlier this year, Indiana’s LGBTQ community may be facing another bill about legalized discrimination. State Senate President David Long of Fort Wayne has informed state legislators that they will see a bill in the near future that may extend ‘anti-discrimination protections’ while also allowing people to claim ‘religious freedom’ to deny …

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Changes Set to Take Place in I-STEP Re-scoring Process

Confusion continues to surround student scores on the standardized test known as the I-STEP. The Indiana Department of Education has now issued a change in the process for re-scoring the test this year. Re-scoring is a process in which graders re-evaluate the written portions of the standardized test. Students whose tests are re-scored are then assigned the higher of the …

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Syrian Refugees Redirected From Indianapolis Arrival

A family of Syrian refugees had been set to land in Indianapolis today, according to a report in the New York Times. But at the last minute the refugees were redirected to Connecticut after Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced Indiana would not be accepting more refugees. The family of three had been waiting in Jordan for three years to be …

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Hospital Re-utilization Steering Committee to Hold Third Public Meeting

This coming Monday the Hospital Site Reutilization Steering Committee will be holding its third public meeting. The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Bloomington City Council Chambers. With the Bloomington Hospital moving to a new location, the current hospital grounds will have to be repurposed. Nothing is currently set in stone as the project of determining what should be …

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Jail Requests Extra Money To Pay Staff

The Monroe County Jail is asking for $145,000 in extra funding to pay employees for working overtime. The Monroe County Council considered the request last night. Jail Commander Sam Crowe explained the request stating that the jail is having overtime issues with a shortage of staff to handle the flux of inmates. County Council member Lee Jones questioned the wisdom …

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Proposed College and Career Preparation Models Are Deemed To Restrictive For Students Age And Understanding

The Indiana State Board of Education has unanimously rejected a proposal to have Indiana high school education move toward college and career preparation models. The Republican-appointed panel declared the new diploma plan is not ready to be implemented. School board members had numerous questions on how this legislation would affect teacher staffing, arts education, disabled and special education students, foreign …

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Legislation Seeking How To Attract Teachers

A legislative panel has suggested 11 fixes to Indiana’s teacher shortage. According to the Times of Northwest Indiana, the General Assembly’s Interim Study Committee on Education believes these fixes will not immediately get teachers into classrooms. But they think the ideas will encourage recruitment and retention of teachers. The committee is calling for strong mentoring programs for new teachers, higher …

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Bloomington City Council Discusses Future Use of Jill’s House Property

Last night the Bloomington City Council grappled with the future use of the now-empty Jill’s House on the north side of town. The Council was asked to amend the ordinance governing how the Jill’s House property can be used. This request had previously been supported at by the Bloomington Plan Commission and a committee of the City Council. Planning Department …

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