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The week ahead
Commission on Education: 1 p.m. Monday, Senate Chamber, Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis
Governor’s town hall meeting: Noon Wednesday, Allen County Public Library
Youth sports meeting: 5:30–7 p.m. Tuesday, Omni Room, Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.
Regional Campuses Study Committee: 1 p.m. Thursday, IPFW Alumni Center, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.

IPFW, Purdue ties receive scrutiny

Indiana lawmakers will be in Fort Wayne on Thursday to continue a discussion about IPFW’s relationship with Purdue University.

Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, is co-chairman of the committee. Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, filed legislation this year to give IPFW more graduate-degree programs and requiring Purdue to grant more autonomy to all regional campuses. The General Assembly chose instead to require a working group to study regional-campus governance and focus specifically on IPFW for improvements. A report must be submitted to the General Assembly by Nov. 30.

Banks and Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, also serve on the study committee.

ISTEP+ review

State officials also continue a review of problems surrounding ISTEP+-testing this year.

The General Assembly’s Commission on Education, also co-chaired by Kruse, meets today to hear a report on the Indiana Department of Education’s independent evaluation of the test results.

The question is whether the scores can be used for all of the high-stakes purposes lawmakers intend: Grading schools and districts; rewarding or punishing teachers; and handing out vouchers for private schools.

Glenda Ritz, superintendent of public instruction, has already directed school districts to reduce the weight of the scores in evaluating teachers.

In June, lawmakers heard testimony from representatives of CTB/McGraw-Hill, the contractor whose computer servers failed and kicked thousands of students off the online tests.

Chris Himsel, superintendent of Northwest Allen County Schools, told lawmakers in June that he believed there was no way to measure the effect of the interruptions on students’ test performance.

Town hall meeting

Gov. Mike Pence will host his first town hall meeting in Fort Wayne on Wednesday.

The session is in Meeting Room A at the downtown library. It can be seen live on Access Fort Wayne’s Access Two (Comcast Channel 57, Frontier Channel 27).

Youth sports

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is conducting a public meeting Tuesday to gather opinions about existing youth sport resources and community needs. The information will be used to complete a youth sports study that is part of the Legacy Fort Wayne initiative.

In April the city hired Aquarius Sports and Entertainment to complete the Youth Sports Community Assessment and Market Potential Study. The goal is to identify additional facilities needed to expand youth sports in Fort Wayne. The study is supposed to determine a plan for marketing the city’s youth sports opportunities regionally and nationally. The final report is expected by the end of the year.

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