All state teachers recognized as 2021 Teacher of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Education recognized all Indiana teachers collectively Tuesday as the 2021 Teacher of the Year.

The department traditionally has recognized a single educator with the award each year.

"The COVID-19 pandemic brought new complexities and challenges to schools with no advance warning," State Schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick said in a statement. "Teachers across our state have displayed a level of flexibility and commitment."

For more than 60 years, the Department of Education has conducted the Teacher of the Year program to recognize outstanding classroom teachers from across the state. The program's mission is to inspire, rejuvenate, and celebrate the teaching profession.

Man won't be charged in fatal February shooting

BRAZIL (AP) — A western Indiana man who fatally shot another man during a February domestic disturbance won't be charged in that killing because prosecutors determined he acted in self-defense.

Indiana State Police said Monday that Clay County Prosecutor Emily Clarke had notified the agency that Keegan Galloway would face no criminal charges in the killing of Robert P. Blystone of Brazil.

Police officers called to investigate a report of shots fired during a domestic disturbance found Blystone, 31, dead with gunshot wounds inside a home west of Brazil on Feb. 16.

State police investigated the shooting and turned its findings over to Clarke's office, which determined that Galloway would not be charged.

"This is a very unfortunate case where someone died, however the State cannot meet its burden to proceed with a murder charge," Clarke said in a statement. "Keegan Galloway acted in self-defense of himself and/or others, therefore he will not be charged with any crimes."

Former Indianapolis teachers union chief gets 16 months

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The former president of the Indianapolis Education Association has been sentenced to 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $100,000 from the union.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt handed down the sentence to Rhondalyn Cornett, 55, of Indianapolis, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler, announced Tuesday.

Cornett wrote checks from the union's bank account and used the union's debit card for personal expenses and to withdraw cash, prosecutors said.

Cornett became the president of the Indiana Educators Association, a division of the Indiana State Teachers Association, in 2013. The union represents the teachers in the Indianapolis Public Schools, the largest school district in Indiana.

The embezzlement scheme began in 2014 and lasted until her resignation in 2018. She stole over $154,000, prosecutors said.

The Indiana State Teachers Association assumed control of the Indianapolis union's financial operations after learning of the embezzlement.

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