MJ Slaby

Bureau Chief, Chalkbeat Indiana

MJ Slaby is the Bureau Chief for Chalkbeat Indiana. She joined Chalkbeat from the Indianapolis Star where she covered K-12 education. Prior to that, she covered K-12 and higher education at the Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tenn.), higher education at the Bloomington Herald-Times (Ind.) and K-12 education at the Lafayette Journal & Courier (Ind.). Additionally, she was part of the team that launched The Incline, a local news website in Pittsburgh, Pa. and spent a season covering the WNBA’s Indiana Fever for The Athletic. MJ grew up in northern Indiana and is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a second major in American Studies.

From Sept. 25 to 29, 36 colleges and universities in the state will have no application fee.
Superintendent Aleesia Johnson used her speech to invite Indianapolis families to consider the district’s offerings.
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Chalkbeat Indiana and WFYI are partnering to provide more coverage of the township school districts and the students they educate.
About 400 fewer Indiana high school graduates in the class of 2021 went to college than in the class of 2020.
While most Indiana colleges say they don’t consider race in admissions, the court’s ruling could have a broad impact on higher education in the state.
Higher education leaders and advocates for the laws stressed that finances are a barrier for students, especially when they don’t know what aid’s available to them.
Multiple Republican-led states have created or expanded private school choice this year.
As Indianapolis’ leader, the mayor impacts education through the Office of Education Innovation, which is a charter school authorizer, as well as issues such as crime, the economy, and housing.
Anderson Scholar House provides stable housing for single moms who are attending college full time. The concept has proven successful elsewhere. Plus it’s on track to grow, with two locations possible for Indianapolis.
The mayor has a significant impact on crime, the economy, and housing in Indianapolis — all of which affect the educators and students who go to school here. Here’s how the candidates plan to tackle these issues, and more.
The new law has some exceptions and an expiration date of 10 years, but Indiana officials hope it encourages more students to at least consider higher education.
Students discussed their constant worries about gun violence and the disconnect they feel from those welcoming the NRA to town.
Voters living within the IPS, Speedway, and Warren Township school districts will consider school tax measures in the May primary election.
Legislation to auto-enroll eligible students in 21st Century Scholars would mean spending less time trying to enroll students and more time on their success, officials say.
High school seniors would have until April 15 to fill out the form or get a waiver. Advocates said the bill would make completing the form go from happenstance to a conscious decision.
These are the most popular stories among Chalkbeat Indiana readers’ this year, and a few bonus articles too.
The Ivy Achieves pilot program aims to retain students who are historically underrepresented in college.
NAEP results show a drop in scores not just in Indiana but across the country.
Catch up on the candidate forum sponsored by WFYI and Chalkbeat Indiana.
Most of the candidates in Marion County’s school board elections are in competitive elections, and the most crowded race has four candidates.
Two of the candidates running for reelection are longtime board members.
Superintendent Aleesia Johnson will present the plan Tuesday evening.