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Emma Kate Fittes


Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Past articles by Emma:

Is a high school equivalency good enough to graduate? Some Indiana districts say it should be.

Educators in two Marion County districts are pushing lawmakers to let schools count as graduates certain students now labeled as dropouts. → Read More

Step into this state-of-the-art Indiana classroom — and pretend the students are real

The Marian students are getting an early start on learning how to run a classroom, rather than waiting until their junior or senior year to student teach. → Read More

In a stark reversal, Indiana lawmakers may decouple teacher evaluations from test scores

A bill that would remove the requirement garnered support from Republican leaders, unanimously passing through the Indiana House last month. → Read More

Indiana lawmakers passed a 2-year hold harmless. Here’s what that means.

Schools won’t be punished for low test scores earned during the first two years of the state’s new ILEARN test. → Read More

Families are just learning about high lead levels found in Indianapolis schools 2 years ago

More than two years ago, Lawrence Township Schools learned some of its water fixtures had lead levels as high as 182 times the federal bar for requiring intervention. The fixtures were replaced, but parents are only now learning about their children’s potential exposure to such high levels of lead. Fourteen of the → Read More

Here are the education bills that Indiana lawmakers are considering this year

Here’s a look at some of the education legislation filed this year that, if passed, could have a significant impact on Indiana schools and teachers. → Read More

How shifting political tides ended Indiana’s ambitious school takeover effort

Nine years and $33 million in extra federal funding after the state took over 5 schools, the State Board of Education ended takeover with little fanfare last week. → Read More

Indiana’s 2019 graduation rate is steady, but fewer students are passing the exit exam

A growing number of high school students in Indiana are graduating without passing the state’s exit exam, according to newly released state data. → Read More

Back for more: DeVos returns to Indianapolis for a repeat visit to an innovation school

Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis, and its educational model, are once again getting attention from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. → Read More

What students do after graduating could determine their high school’s rating

Changes being weighed would account for the percentage of students enlisted, employed, or enrolled in post-secondary education within a year of graduating. → Read More

5 times problems derailed Indiana’s standardized tests

Indiana’s history of problems with standardized testing did not end with its old ISTEP exam. Here are five other times in the last decade the state ran into problems. → Read More

Take a sneak peek inside HSE's new Southeastern Elementary School

When students walk in to Southeastern Elementary in Fishers on Aug. 7, they will be in an school unlike any other in the area. → Read More

Hot Property: California contemporary home stands out among traditional West Clay homes

The 7,658 square-foot, four bedroom California contemporary home at 13086 Horseferry Road, currently listed for $1,799,900. → Read More

Why Carmel Schools says it needs a safety referendum

Carmel Clay Schools will ask voters in November to approve a tax increase to pay for increased security measures. → Read More

Some Carmel teachers will drive school buses next year as driver shortage continues

The district has struggled to find bus drivers for years. → Read More

Carmel Clay Schools will consider asking voters to approve a safety referendum

The district could be one of the first in the state to put a school safety referendum on the ballot, a new funding option created by lawmakers. → Read More

Four major summer construction projects are underway at schools in Carmel, Fishers and Westfield

Here's what you should know, and when the work is expected to be done, at schools in Carmel, Fishers and Westfield. → Read More

Hot Property: A very unusual $1.1 million Fishers home

What looks like a traditional-style house from the outside opens up to a massive, modern open living space full of eclectic art pieces. → Read More

Here's when the Carmel schools redistricting process will start

Carmel Clay Schools will need to redraw at least some of its school boundaries before its two new elementary schools open. → Read More

Carmel teachers may get the biggest raise in 10 years, superintendent said. Here's why.

The Carmel Clay Schools district already approved a raise for nonteachers, including administrators and nurses. → Read More