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Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Recent articles by Arika:

Schools keep close watch as state considers tweak to state funding formula

A committee of state lawmakers is considering a change to how the state measures poverty for school funding. → Read More

Noblesville school bus aide to plead guilty after slapping child in wheelchair

Francella Van Fossen is expected to plead guilty to misdemeanor battery Monday after slapping 10-year-old Riley Hartman while helping load her on the bus. → Read More

New IPS superintendent looks toward successes, tough decisions over the next 5 years

Superintendent Aleesia Johnson set six priorities to guide the district through 2025. → Read More

Ever wanted your name on a building? Butler University looking for business school namesake.

The $50 million building was built to accommodate the burgeoning Lacy School of Business. → Read More

Vatican temporarily suspends Indianapolis archbishop's decision on Brebeuf Jesuit

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School's appeal to the Vatican over its suspension by the Indianapolis archbishop is ongoing. → Read More

Fired Roncalli counselor to question candidates at LGBTQ Presidential Forum

Former Roncalli High School teacher Shelly Fitzgerald and Dominic Conover are looking for a candidate who will put an end to workplace discrimination. → Read More

Betsy DeVos visits Purdue Polytechnic High School, sees project-based learning in action

It's the third year for DeVos' annual back-to-school tour. Indiana has been a stop every year. → Read More

Indiana middle school cancels 'slave ship' role-play lesson after parents raise concerns

An eighth-grade class at Western Middle School in Howard County was set to reenact the Middle Passage before parents raised concerns. → Read More

Butler, Taylor both 'Best of Midwest.' See how other Indiana schools fared in annual rankings

It's the second year in a row Butler topped the list of best regional universities. U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings were released Monday. → Read More

Roncalli High School president to retire after fundraising campaign, year of controversy

The announcement comes after a year of controversy surrounding the firing of two gay, married guidance counselors. → Read More

'It was just us four': An Indianapolis mom prepares to bury her two teenagers

At 16 and 15 years old, siblings Nicholas Nelson and Ashlynn Nelson are gone, stolen from their family and from Indianapolis. → Read More

ILEARN 2019: See how the top Indiana schools performed

Call IndyStar education reporter Arika Herron at 317-201-5620 or email her at Follow her on Twitter: @ArikaHerron. → Read More

ILEARN scores are back and fewer than half of Indiana's students passed. Here's what's next.

Fewer than half of Hoosier students are on track to graduate high school ready for college or a career, according to ILEARN standardized test results. → Read More

'It's just not right': Fired for her gay marriage, Lynn Starkey is looking for justice

Guidance counselor Lynn Starkey, who was fired from Roncalli High School, a Catholic school in Indianapolis, over her gay marriage, has a new job. → Read More

Schools leader, Gov. Holcomb call for delay of repercussions for poor ILEARN test scores

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick and Gov. Eric Holcomb are asking the Indiana legislature to postpone repercussions. → Read More

'It's totally worthless.' Why parents and teachers hate Indiana's $45 million ILEARN test

Results from Indiana's new standardized test, the ILEARN exam, have angered parents and left educators questioning its usefulness. → Read More

Hundreds of Marion County students receive college scholarship aid through Indy program

Nearly 600 low-income freshmen enrolling at IUPUI or Ivy Tech will receive aid and coaching services through the Promise Scholarship program → Read More

Holcomb, top lawmakers call for delay in consequences as state sees drop in test scores

Scores on ILEARN, the successor to the much-maligned ISTEP, have fallen. They will be released in a week. → Read More

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