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The Indiana State Board of Education hosted a hearing Thursday seeking public comment on proposed revisions to school accountability grades.

 

The majority of those present at the hearing were school teachers and administrators.
 

They raised concerns about the timeline for the changes, and how they could affect their students standardized tests and graduation pathways.
 

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Some property owners in Northern Indiana are preparing to face eminent domain battles as plans for South Shore Rail Line improvements move forward this year.

 

The Indiana State Board of Education will host a public forum Thursday at Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend - seeking public input on proposed revisions to school accountability grades.

 

This is one of four public forums throughout the state that gives Indiana residents the opportunity to weigh-in on proposed changes to school accountability grades.
 

Proposed changes include a higher significance on student standardized test performance and school graduation rates.
 

Elkhart Police Department

Jacob Ryan Underwood, 22, from Elkhart has been charged by criminal complaint with possession of a destructive device in an arrest that may have a connection with the pipe bombs found in Mishawaka in late January.

 

Underwood is also accused of watching two other pipe bombs be made and later throwing them out of a car window in Mishawaka.  

Investigators linked Underwood to an explosion outside of his home, and also with assisting in the construction of a pipe bomb.

 

The Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad will invest about $600,000 dolalrs into railroad improvements in LaPorte County from Wellsboro to LaCrosse.

 

The six hundred thousand dollars earmarked for infrastructure improvements across the approximate 28 miles of railroad come from a mix of grants from the Indiana Department of Transportation and private funds. Railroad officials say they are trying to keep up with business demands in the area.
 

Elkhart Police Department

A construction crew in Mishawaka found two pipe bombs this morning near Grape Road and Indian Ridge Boulevard. Authorities arrived to dispose of the devices. No injuries were reported.

The entire incident lasted about two hours. The South Bend Police Bomb Squad was on hand to detonate the devices, which have been identified as pipe bombs.

Authorities blocked off traffic and evacuated people from the area shortly after 9 a.m. Roads reopened around 11 a.m.

Mishawaka Police are still investigating the case.

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Indiana State Police responded to two different instances of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, in Marshall County yesterday. The Elkhart County Sheriff's deputies responded to a third call yesterday in Goshen as well.

 

State Troopers were called to the scene of the first IED around 11 a.m. and then called to a second scene around 1 p.m. when a mail carrier opened a mailbox and found another IED. Both incidents occurred in Plymouth.
 

Elkhart Police Department

 

Indiana State Police responded to two different instances of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, in Marshall County yesterday. The Elkhart County Sheriff's deputies responded to a third call yesterday in Goshen as well.

 

State Troopers were called to the scene of the first IED around 11 a.m. and then called to a second scene around 1 p.m. when a mail carrier opened a mailbox and found another IED. Both incidents occurred in Plymouth.
 

A local non-profit, Justicia Sin Fronteras, or Justice Without Borders, gathered at the Elkhart Public Library Saturday to kick off an effort to establish a Community ID card program for city residents that could be used in place of state IDs to verify a holder's identity and address.
 

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The private company CoreCivic today announced it will formally withdraw plans to build a multimillion dollar detention center just south of Elkhart.
 

Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder said company representatives called to let him know about the change in plans late this morning.
 

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Leaders of the Greater Elkhart and Goshen chambers of commerce are among the signatories of a letter released yesterday  that opposes  building an immigration detention center south of Elkhart.

 

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Community leaders and immigrant advocates gathered yesterday to voice concerns regarding CoreCivic’s proposal to build a hundred million dollar immigration detention center for Immigration Customs Enforcement in Elkhart County.

Community organizer Richard Aguirre says the event was intended to send not only a strong message of opposition to CoreCivic’s proposal and but also a message of unity amongst diverse segments of the community.

South Bend Schools held an informational meeting Tuesday to help parents and students navigate new school assignments and graduation pathways following the approval of the Focus 2018 redistricting plan in December.

In what resembled a college fair, parents and students visited with representatives from each of the district schools to learn more about programs available to elementary and middle school students in South Bend.

Mishawaka school leaders reviewed a Grade Level Study Report yesterday offering the school board options for improving education district wide.

Suggestions in the report include a greater focus on early learning, specifically by offering more early childhood activities for Mishawaka residents, which could include restructuring grade levels and even building another middle school, which bump sixth graders to middle school, allowing space for more early childhood programs in elementary schools.

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The Goshen School Board voted today to propose a referendum aiming to address overcrowding issues in the district. They board will also propose an operational referendum with a primary focus on teacher salaries. Both referendums will be on the May 8th primary ballots for residents of the school district.
 

The plan being pursued now includes building a new intermediate school to house fifth and sixth grades, as well as adding additional classrooms to Goshen High School and renovating parts of the existing middle school.
 

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