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The long failing Hoosier Academies Virtual School avoided closure from the State Board of Education at a hearing Wednesday.

Instead, the board approved a lesser punishment – a cut back on the number of students who can enroll this fall.

The online school became eligible for state sanctions, including shutdown, in early 2015. But it’s taken more than two years and three additional state education board meetings for the members to decide to take action.

Voucher Schools Lose Bid For Waivers Under New Law

May 10, 2017

The Indiana State Board of Education denied waivers for three voucher-accepting private schools to speed up their eligibility to continue to accept voucher students.

A private school that receives D or F school grades for two or more consecutive years is no longer eligible to accept students who use vouchers to pay for tuition.

Indiana University announced a $55 million research partnership Wednesday.

The Prepared for Environmental Change initiative aims to find actionable solutions to environmental threats facing Indiana businesses and communities.

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie says Hoosiers must prepare for these already ongoing threats.

“The failure to understand, predict, and adapt to environmental change could threaten the vitality of Hoosier business, agriculture, jobs, and physical well-being,” McRobbie says.

6 Questions To Ask About The Purdue-Kaplan Deal

May 9, 2017

So, there’s been some big news going around the higher education world this past week. In a nutshell: Indiana’s Purdue University will acquire the for-profit Kaplan University, which operates primarily online.

Since this news broke, there’s been plenty of speculation about what it means when a public research university acquires a for-profit entity: Is this a way for a public research university to reach more students? Is this a way that a for-profit college can operate in “stealth mode?”

We take a look at the biggest questions surrounding the move:

President Donald Trump nominated a University of Notre Dame law professor to fill a vacancy on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Amy Coney Barrett was part of a round of federal judgeship nominations the Trump administration announced.

Barrett, a Notre Dame law school graduate, has been a professor at the private Indiana university since 2002. She formerly clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Law school dean Nell Jessup Newton calls Barrett an “outstanding professor, scholar, and colleague.”

Attorney General Curtis Hill will continue to live in the Indianapolis area despite the repeal of a law requiring him to do so.

Senate Bill 400 changed two words in the Indiana code: “at Indianapolis” became “in Indiana.” That refers to where the attorney general is required to live.

A small group gathered to protest outside the offices of U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) in after the U.S. House of Representatives sent the Affordable Care Act’s replacement to the U.S. Senate.

The Women’s March Indiana Chapter gathered supporters in downtown Indianapolis to speak out against the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare and support women’s healthcare.

Nancy Hanson has been showing up at Young’s office every week for months. She says she’s worried about the Republican reform bill called the American Health Care Act or AHCA.

State Revenues Underperform After Revised Outlook

May 8, 2017

Indiana’s tax collections failed to meet expectations in April for the first time in months. And that puts the state below target with just two months left in the fiscal year.

Hoosier Academies Virtual School was near the brink of closure by the Indiana State Board of Education in March 2015 when the board opted for a one-year delay on casting a verdict.

Then, there was a call for another delay.

Now, more than two years since Indiana’s first online charter school became eligible for state intervention due to chronic failure, the state board will consider whether to shutter it or take a less severe type of intervention during a meeting Wednesday in Evansville.

Many supporters of Planned Parenthood rallied Friday in response to the U.S. House of Representatives passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Some Hoosiers say it will decrease general healthcare access for low-income residents.

An event outside of U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks office in Carmel was one of many held across the nation. A few dozen supporters crowded the halls outside her office and police were called at the request of a building manager who was worried about a fire hazard.

Keesha Daniels just moved from one lead contaminated neighborhood to another.

Both her new house and her old West Calumet Housing Complex apartment sit within East Chicago’s USS Lead Superfund site. The city is tearing down her old home because of extremely high levels of lead in the soil. So she had to move.

Daniels is still unpacking. Most rooms have a pile of boxes stacked tidily in a corner. Two heavy dressers sit in one otherwise empty room — her sons are coming later to move them. As Daniels takes me on a tour of her new house, she offers me some water.

Supporters Vow To Resurrect Airbnb Bill Next Session

May 5, 2017

Supporters of legislation stopping locals from banning short-term rentals like Airbnb say they’ll be back next session after the bill failed in 2017.

And even its opponents are ready to work on the measure again.

Lung cancer kills nearly 4,000 Hoosiers a year, and early detection improves patients change for survival but the decision to screen or not is complicated.

Now an Indiana researcher is preparing a unique study focusing on lung cancer screening from a patient’s perspective, specifically what makes someone decide to screen or to not screen for cancer.

Indiana University School of Nursing researcher and assistant professor Lisa Carter-Harris says many who might benefit don’t opt to get tested.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act Thursday afternoon with support from seven of Indiana’s Republican representatives.

But as NPR reports, the bill is likely never to become law, at least as currently written, because the Senate is expected to make significant changes.

Lawson Announces 2018 Re-election Bid

May 4, 2017

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson will seek a second full term next year in the statewide office she’s held since 2012.

In a video statement, Lawson, a Republican, announced her decision to run for re-election in 2018 by talking about the work her office has done, particularly in what she calls “election integrity.”