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Arika Herron

Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Recent articles by Arika:

Two virtual schools defrauded Indiana of $68 million and funneled more to execs

According to a new report, early estimates of just how much money two online schools stole from the state of Indiana were wrong. → Read More

This Indiana high school could be a model for the rest of the country in Trump's plan

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Scott Stump visited Whiteland Community High School this week, touting career and technical education programs. → Read More

ILEARN, teacher evaluations among bills still alive in the legislative session

It's the halfway point of the legislative session, which means the agenda for the rest of the year is set. → Read More

Franklin College president arrested: What we know about charges filed against Thomas Minar

Thomas Minar, formerly the president of Franklin College, was removed from his position over the weekend following his arrest in Wisconsin. → Read More

Lawyer: Grindr exchange with undercover cop led to arrest of Franklin College president

Attorney Brett Reetz told IndyStar officers created a fake profile on the dating app and exchanged messages with Thomas Minar for more than a month. → Read More

Franklin College president fired after Wisconsin arrest for child enticement, other crimes

Thomas Minar was charged for use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime, child enticement and exposing a child to harmful materials/narrations. → Read More

State of the State: 6 takeaways from Gov. Holcomb's annual address

Gov. Eric Holcomb delivered his fourth State of the State speech Tuesday at the Statehouse. → Read More

After Catholic firings, bill again tries to block tax money from schools that discriminate

Sen. JD Ford filed a bill to restrict access to the state’s voucher program to only schools that provide anti-discrimination protections. → Read More

1 dead, 1 injured in car accident after suspect flees police

A suspect in a federal firearms investigation fled Indianapolis police Monday and died in a traffic accident. → Read More

State board backs charter school operator over IPS in management of schools

IPS is offering an alternate plan that would allow the district to retain control of three schools currently under state takeover. → Read More

Small crowd rallies at Statehouse to keep 'Red for Ed' movement alive

About 100 people gathered Monday at the Indiana Statehouse to continue pushing lawmakers to act on teacher pay and public school-friendly policies. → Read More

Teacher bonuses won't be hurt by poor ILEARN scores

Schools will be allowed to use the previous year's test results to distribute the state grant dollars to teachers. → Read More

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

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