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Public News Service - IN: Education

Hoosier schools are becoming more educationally and culturally diverse. (Juan Esteban Zapata)

INDIANAPOLIS – As schools in Indiana become more educationally and culturally diverse, educators say there's a growing need to reach out to parents who may not be familiar with the American education system, or the English language. The Indiana Youth Institute sponsored workshops this past w

Many Hoosier families can't afford the growing cost of sending kids to college. (Tatiyana Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Many parents struggle every month to make payments for their child's education, and every year the cost of college goes up. That means many young people never get the opportunity to go on past high school. Tuition plus fees at four-year public colleges jumped by more than 70 percen

A mural in Woodburn Hall that includes a depiction of the Ku Klux Klan originally was painted for the Chicago World's Fair. (J. Barrie)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – At a time when people across the country are calling for the removal of Confederate statues and artwork because they're seen as divisive, a petition drive is underway to remove a controversial painting at the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Students taking classes

In the U.S., 30 million children rely on Medicaid. (cdc.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – An effort is under way to convince lawmakers to become champions for children's health. President Donald Trump has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but advocates are crying foul because they say it will hurt the most vulnerable Americans. Dr. Jennifer Arnold, star

The need for free and reduced-price meals during school years has grown, but the number of kids participating in summer nutrition programs has dropped. (Lorie Tuter)

INDIANAPOLIS — While summer is a time for enjoying family and friends or taking road trips, hunger doesn't take a vacation in Indiana. A new report by the Food Research and Action Center says millions of children who rely on free and reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches lose access to t

Indiana high school student Haley Johnson gets a lesson in Chinese calligraphy. (V. Carter)

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- The president of China arrives in the U.S. today for meetings with President Donald Trump, and some Indiana high school students have a particular interest in the meeting. They just returned from China. The eight-day visit took the students to see the Great Wall and Tiananamen

Simiyu House in Kenya was built by volunteers through Indiana University at Bloomington. (Eric Smith)

KOUTS, Ind. – A student teaching project through Indiana University has turned into a quest to keep children in school in Africa. Eric Smith is a Portage High School graduate, attended IU Bloomington and now is a middle school English teacher in Kouts, but spends most of his free time workin

Indiana's youngest residents will be the focus of some of the new legislation coming to the General Assembly starting next month. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – The new year will bring a new session for state lawmakers in just a couple of weeks. The Indiana General Assembly begins 2017 with a new governor, and some new faces filling House and Senate seats at the state Capitol. Mindi Goodpaster, public policy director for the Marion Co

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