Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star

Arika Herron

Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Recent:
  • Indianapolis Star
  • Chalkbeat
Past:
  • USA TODAY
  • Journal & Courier
  • 11Alive Atlanta
  • 12NewsNow
  • Palladium-Item
  • The Star Press
  • WLTX
  • KHOU

Recent articles by Arika:

He found his birth family 35 years later. Then he helped them find a 'vanished' sister.

Mike Watson was adopted in Indianapolis in 1958. He found his birth family in 1994. But it wasn't until Saturday that he met them all. → Read More

Kindergarten has become a critical year of learning, but Indiana still doesn't require it

For all of its importance, kindergarten is still not required in Indiana. → Read More

Kindergarten has become a critical year of learning, but Indiana still doesn't require it

Indiana is one of 33 states that doesn't require kids to attend kindergarten. → Read More

Indianapolis Archdiocese cites First Amendment in effort to dismiss gay teacher's lawsuit

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis says a lawsuit by a gay teacher fired from Cathedral High School is barred by the First Amendment to the Constitution. → Read More

‘I had all summer off’: Educator angst bubbles up at Gov. Holcomb’s teacher pay meeting

The governor-appointed panel tasked with finding ways to raise pay for teachers heard from many of them Monday night. → Read More

Fired Roncalli counselor Shelly Fitzgerald looks back on year of change, activism

Fitzgerald was suspended, and later fired, from her job at Roncalli High School because of her same-sex marriage. → Read More

Roncalli accused of silencing students who supported ousted guidance counselor

The allegations come from 2019 Roncalli graduate Dominic Conover and classmate Elijah Mahan’s mother. → Read More

'We thought we were doing a great thing': 10,000 kids lose healthy snack over IPS mistake

The Indianapolis school district spent federal funds meant for free breakfasts and lunches on a USDA afternoon vegetable and fruit snack program. → Read More

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos touts 'second chances' for young Indiana inmates learning to code

Education secretary visited computer coding class at Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility, part of a program at several Indiana correctional sites. → Read More

4 times Betsy DeVos visited Indiana and largely ignored traditional public schools

The controversial Cabinet secretary will be back in Indiana Wednesday. She has a history of seeking out alternative education environments. → Read More

Catholic school controversy: Rainbow streamers welcome back Cathedral students

The display's meaning wasn't immediately clear, but the school has been embroiled in controversy over the firing of a longtime teacher in a same-sex marriage → Read More

With stiffer penalties for passing them, school buses are back on the road. Here's when to stop.

Penalties for passing school buses were strengthened this year after three kids were killed at a bus stop last fall. → Read More

With stiffer penalties for passing them, school buses are back on the road. Here's when to stop.

Penalties for passing school buses were strengthened this year after three kids were killed at a bus stop last fall. → Read More

A slide, solar panels and tons of natural light: Peek inside the coolest new elementary school

The environmentally friendly school about 30 miles south of Indianapolis opens to more than 600 students for the first time Tuesday. → Read More

Brebeuf Jesuit appeals split with Catholic Church, barred from holding all-school Mass

The school has sent its appeal to the Congregation of Catholic Education in Rome, seeking to be reinstated as a Catholic institution. → Read More

Gay Roncalli guidance counselor files lawsuit against Indianapolis Archdiocese, school

Lynn Starkey alleges that the archdiocese and Roncalli discriminated against her on the basis of her sexual orientation. → Read More

Here's how Indiana's ISTEP replacement could impact teacher pay and school funding

Teachers and schools could be hurt by July 31 deadline for parents and schools to seek a “rescore” of test’s hand-graded sections because test results won’t be available till mid-August. → Read More

Former Indianapolis teachers union president pleads guilty to stealing $100,000

Rhondalyn Cornett stole more than $100,000 from the Indianapolis Education Association while president from 2013 to her resignation last year. → Read More

Cathedral teacher fired for same-sex marriage sues Indianapolis archdiocese, identifies himself

Joshua Payne-Elliott alleges that the archdiocese interfered with his contractual and employment relationship with Cathedral High School → Read More

Virtual schools defrauded Indiana of $40M. Now the state says it will try clawing it back.

The state will now try and claw back about half the money paid to Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy over the last three years. → Read More