Eric Weddle is an education reporter with WFYI Public Media. Since 2009 he’s reported on K-12 and higher education issues in Indiana. In 2014 he won the Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors' best overall state news writing award as part of a reporting team for a multi-part investigation abou...
Carmel High School Principal John Williams will retire this week. The 61-year old Williams has been an educator for 40 years. For the past 14 years, Williams led the state's biggest and one of its top-performing public high schools. Durin Williams' tenure, enrollment has grown by more than 1,000 students to this year's official count of 5,000 in grade 9-12. The school is rated an A by the state and has maintained a graduation rate of at least 96 percent during the past five years.
It's hard to know how schools of choice — charter or private — are performing. Researchers say that's precisely because they are schools of choice. But here's what we do know. ... Choice programs seem to push nearby public schools to improve. ... competition and positive spillovers." When school choices expand, public ...
As two seats sit vacant on Indiana’s education policy-creating body, the state’s highest-ranking education official is concerned. As Gary Community Schools prepares for a state-hired emergency manager to take control, the seat on the state education board that represents the district remains vacant. The same goes for East Chicago Schools as it faces a lead contamination crisis in the community. The Indiana Board of Education member from the 1st Congressional District represents both areas.