Ellen Gifts Deserving Family with Two Brand-New Cars!
The Ellen Degeneres Show | December 7, 2020

South Bend family receives gifts, cars from "The Ellen Show" after struggling with WiFi
WSBT | December 7, 2020
Back when schools like Washington High school were closed, Tawana Brown had to drive her kids to South Bend School’s WiFi buses just so they could have internet to complete their assignments for the day.

SI All-American Candidates: 1 Notre Dame Commit Named
Sports Illustrated | December 7, 2020
Notre Dame commit Blake Wesley, a shooting guard from South Bend, has been named a Sports Illustrated All-American candidate. The Riley High School star pledged to his hometown school in November, choosing the Irish over a final list of programs that included Purdue, Creighton and Maryland, among others.

South Bend teachers set to receive raises in renegotiated contract
South Bend Tribune | November 16, 2020
The base salary for South Bend teachers now is expected to be in line with neighboring districts.

South Bend schools outline COVID-19 protocols for winter sports
South Bend Tribune | November 5, 2020
After receiving approval from the county’s Deputy Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox, South Bend Community School Corporation has released new protocols for their winter athletics season.

Citywide Classroom South Bend phasing in districtwide broadband initiative for students
WISHTV | November 1, 2020
“Through our pilot, we have worked through some necessary infrastructure planning and logistics requirements,” said Patrick Stalvey, Chief Technology Officer for South Bend Community School Corporation, in a news release to News 8. “We are now rolling out our phased distribution approach to reach those with the greatest need first.”

South Bend schools to roll out free internet access for thousands of students
South Bend Tribune | October 31, 2020
“This is the biggest step South Bend has been able to make in bridging the digital divide,” said Patrick Stalvey, chief information officer for the South Bend Community School Corp.

Column: How Latinos raised in Southern California are changing politics in small-town America
Los Angeles Times | October 28, 2020
He’s running for reelection on the South Bend Community School Corp. board this year as one of the few Latino politicians in the Hoosier State.

No access: Remote learning widens US digital divide for students
AlJazeera, MSN | October 23, 2020
“The learning environment is everywhere,” Sanchez told Al Jazeera. “All of these different places, you can access Wi-Fi and it can help you get prepared for your schoolday tomorrow, your college applications or allow you to find whatever rabbit hole feeds your curiosity.”

South Bend teachers honored with drive-thru breakfast
WNDU | October 20, 2020
South Bend teachers were honored today with a drive-through breakfast.

Adams High School's Air Cadet program recognized for service to military
South Bend Tribune | October 19, 2020
Nah-Shon Williams enrolled in the Civil Air Patrol class at Adams High School last school year on a dare.

This School Year Has Been Unlike Any Other
New York Times | October 14, 2020
The district had outfitted 20 school buses before the schools closed for remote learning in the spring; they added 22 more over the summer and just received a state grant to outfit 100 more, said René Sánchez, the district’s assistant superintendent for operations.

South Bend school board hears ways to save money, including closing 5 to 8 buildings
South Bend Tribune | October 14, 2020
For 2½ hours Monday, South Bend school board members had the district laid bare before them when it comes to how it spends its money on educating children and how it could save money and be more efficient.

Study shows South Bend Schools where to trim the fat
WSBT | October 12, 2020
"Our goal is to take our resources and we would prefer to see them go to the classroom instead of other areas where we may not be maximizing those resources,” said John Anella, School Board president.

Mitch Albom: In a nasty nation, there's an oasis of nice in one Michigan city
Detroit Free Press | October 11, 2020
A white man (John Van Dyke) who teaches mostly Black students across the Indiana border at Dickinson Fine Arts Academy in South Bend, he explained that “my wife’s a teacher.

South Bend schools superintendent gets four-year contract extension
South Bend Tribune | October 6, 2020
Superintendent Todd Cummings Monday night got a nod of approval as the South Bend school board approved a four-year contract extension.

Daniel hired as Riley High School basketball coach
South Bend Tribune | October 6, 2020
Riley principal Shawn Henderson also believes that stability and consistency are key for the program.

South Bend schools gets creative in serving preschoolers with special needs
South Bend Tribune | October 5, 2020
A 3-year-old boy plays with toys as he is evaluated by Julie Patterson, a speech language pathologist, left, Dr. Kristen Warzon, a school psychologist, center, and Tracy Greulich, an early childhood special educator, during an outdoor preschool special education evaluation, for South Bend Schools’ Special Needs and Abilities Preschool Program, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Studebaker School in South Bend.

2020 Rising Stars Announced: Recognizing Those Excelling in the Industry
School Transportation News | October 2, 2020
Rene Sanchez, 49 Chief Operations Officer, South Bend Community School Corporation, Ind.

Thousands of Students Get Free Home Wi-Fi for Remote Learning
Inside Edition | October 1, 2020
"It means a lot to the community, to narrow the gap, for students to have the opportunity to have internet access at home. It's amazing," said Shawn Henderson, principal of Riley High School in South Bend on Wednesday's broadcast of "Good Morning America."

Over 15,000 children's homes surprised with free Wi-Fi amid COVID-19 pandemic
Good Morning America, Yahoo! | September 30, 2020
It's amazing," said Shawn Henderson, principal of Riley High School in South Bend. "We're blessed, thank you."

South Bend students offered hybrid learning as school board votes to reopen schools
South Bend Tribune | September 29, 2020
The South Bend Community School Corp. Board of Trustees voted 5-2 Monday night for the measure.

South Bend School Board Votes 5-2 In Favor Of Offering In-Person Learning Option
WVPE | September 28, 2020
The South Bend Community School Corporation approved a return to an in-person learning option at its board meeting Monday night.

College Enrollment Rates Are Slowing With A Lack Of Diversity In STEM, Teaching Degrees
Indiana Public Radio | September 28, 2020
South Bend Community Schools Superintendent Todd Cummings said his district is focused on connecting kids with different college-related support programs.

Three books, three looks at the image of plastics
Plastics News | September 25, 2020
"Cope's Plastics Book" was published by Goodheart-Willcox Co. of South Holland, Ill., and edited by Floyd Dickey, head of industrial education at John Adams High School in South Bend, Ind. Drawings in the book were done by Dickey's students at John Adams.

Our Kids are our Future: Amanda Choinacky
WSBT | September 24, 2020
We Salute Amanda Choinacky – Assistant principal at Madison STEAM Academy.

Elevate Ventures Awards $20K to South Bend Tech Startup
Inside Indiana Business | September 24, 2020
The academy is beta testing a course at Riley High School in South Bend, the district’s computer science and engineering magnet.

Moms First: Local women make masks for students of South Bend Schools
WSBT | September 22, 2020
The Face Masks for Students of South Bend group has made it their mission to help local students by making more than 5,000 masks for 10 schools in the South Bend school district.

How local schools will handle COVID-19 cases as they welcome students back
South Bend Tribune | September 21, 2020
E-learning for South Bend K-12 students continues for at least another two weeks, and the earliest students can return to classrooms is Oct. 5.

16 Pack-a-Backpack giveaway doing drive-thru this year
WNDU | September 12, 2020
Families and students pulled their cars up to volunteers and staff from the South Bend Community School Corporation outside the Brown Community Learning Center, to pick up a backpack and other school supplies, donated by community members.

Local middle school librarian starts "Books to Go" program
WSBT | September 11, 2020
But instead of letting them sit and collect dust during the pandemic, librarian Philip Dallmayr had an idea to start a drive-through pickup.

Coquillard Elementary delivers desks, chairs to e-learning students
WSBT | September 10, 2020
Antoine Reed is the principal at Coquillard Elementary. He says he found 70 desks and chairs that weren’t being used and thought that if students had these items at home, it could make at-home learning easier.

South Bend leaders propose new phase-in, hybrid return to school plan
South Bend Tribune | September 9, 2020
Though an official date has not been set yet, Superintendent Todd Cummings previously said the earliest students could return for in-person, blended learning would be by Oct. 5, depending on the most up-to-date health data.

South Bend schools awarded $1.8 million grant to equip students with internet
South Bend Tribune | September 8, 2020
South Bend schools was selected as one of more than 1,550 schools in Indiana to be awarded money from the state to help students with remote learning.

South Bend Schools Announces $1.8 Million Grant For Better Internet Connections For Students
WVPE | September 9, 2020
Today officials with the South Bend Community School Corporation and the City of South Bend announced that $1,800,000 has been obtained from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief grant to provide home internet or cellular internet for two years for the city's most at-risk families.

School districts deploy buses as Wi-Fi hotspots to support remote learning: report
Fox News | September 6, 2020
Rene Sanchez, assistant superintendent for operations in South Bend, said the idea of Wi-Fi buses was being considered before the pandemic as part of a plan to help students with long commute times.

Indiana school district's Wi-Fi buses ease virtual learning for students at home
Good Morning America, Yahoo!, ABC News | September 3, 2020
Rene Sanchez, assistant superintendent for operations in South Bend, said the idea of Wi-Fi school buses was actually a working project before the coronavirus outbreak hit, part of an original plan to allow students with long commute times and athletic events during school hours to utilize transit time.

Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County launches eLearning program
WNDU | August 24, 2020
Teaming with the City of South Bend and the South Bend Community School Corporation, the Boys and Girls Club eLearning program serves students in grades K-12 at six locations across St. Joseph County.

Friday night football '20 meets COVID-19: Same game on field, different look in stands
South Bend Tribune | August 23, 2020
South Bend is allowing up to 600 spectators for outdoor fall sports. Families at Friday night’s game between Adams and Washington High School sat 6 feet apart and wore masks for the entire game.

Protocols for prep sports include limited fans, masks and distancing
South Bend Tribune | August 21, 2020
After receiving approval from the county’s Deputy Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox, South Bend Community School Corporation released the new protocols for their fall sports season.

Indiana schools will receive millions in state funds for student devices, internet connectivity
Indianapolis Star | August 19, 2020
South Bend Community School Corp (21 nonpublic schools in the district) $1,857,900

IDOE Honors Inaugural Purple Star Schools
Inside Indiana Business/WISH TV | August 18, 2020
The Indiana Department of Education is honoring the recipients of Indiana’s inaugural Purple Star school designation. (John Adams High School)

Area schools announce spectator protocols for fall sports
South Bend Tribune | August 18, 2020
On Friday, South Bend was the latest school district to release protocols for fall athletics.

How South Bend Schools Plan To Handle Fall Sports During The Pandemic
WVPE | August 14, 2020
Today the South Bend Community School Corporation released information on how fall sports will be handled. 

South Bend school year kicks off online
WSBT, MSN | August 13, 2020
After months of uncertainty about what it would look like and how it would go, the school year in South Bend is finally off to a virtual start.

Indiana school district providing dozens of Wi-Fi buses for students without internet
CNN/MSN/FOX | August 12, 2020
The South Bend Community School Corporation, the fourth-largest school district in Indiana according to its website, last week announced schools would offer digital-only learning for at least the first eight weeks of the school year, which started Wednesday.

Funding cuts would hurt Indiana schools serving more Black and Latino students
Chalkbeat | August 11, 2020
Districts in Indianapolis, northwest Indiana, and South Bend — including Indianapolis Public Schools, Gary Community Schools, South Bend Schools, and others — are starting the year remotely as local health officials are advising caution.

Working parents scramble to juggle jobs and e-learning as schools resume
South Bend Tribune | August 9, 2020
The organization is expected to make decisions soon on who will get into the program with first priority given to those who are in need, Boys & Girls club members or South Bend Community School Corp. students.

Schools plan for when, not if, COVID-19 cases arise. Will they share numbers with the public?
South Bend Tribune | August 9, 2020
Rene Sanchez, assistant superintendent of operations for South Bend schools, said the state health department launched a hotline earlier this week for school administrators to call with questions and to report COVID-19 case numbers.

Balance of Power
Bloomberg | August 6, 2020
Places like South Bend Indiana have parked school buses in the poorer communities with Wi-Fi enabled so that students can have access to that.

Boys & Girls Clubs to open e-learning sites in South Bend for help with school work
South Bend Tribune | August 6, 2020
It worked out a plan to provide the service in partnership with the City of South Bend, South Bend Empowerment Zone, the South Bend Community schools and a variety of other organizations.

South Bend Schools provides parents with drive-thru registration
WSBT | August 5, 2020
Normally, these next two weeks are busy with parents signing their kids up for school, but so far, the South Bend School Corporation has seen a dip in registration-- particularly kindergarteners.

South Bend schools to deploy 35 buses for Wi-Fi access to help with virtual learning
South Bend Tribune | August 4, 2020
Rene Sanchez, South Bend’s chief operations officer and director of transportation, said the purchases are part of an annual bus replacement plan, with the money coming from the district’s operations fund.

INTERVIEW: South Bend superintendent discusses eLearning decision
WSBT | August 4, 2020
WSBT 22's Leanne Tokars spoke this morning to South Bend Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Cummings about the decision. 

South Bend and P-H-M schools delay in-person classes and will start with virtual learning
South Bend Tribune | August 4, 2020
South Bend and Penn-Harris-Madison schools have joined a growing list of districts that have delayed returning to in-person classes.

All South Bend And PHM Students To Start School Year Virtually
WVPE | August 3, 2020
All South Bend students will start off with eLearning for at least the first eight weeks of class.

Local school districts rethinking fall reopening plans
WSBT | July 30, 2020
After that, students were supposed to transition back to in-person learning. However, School Board President John Anella said a few hours ago that he expects the amount of time students spend e-learning will be extended.

Questions linger as South Bend superintendent announces new reopening plan
South Bend Tribune | July 29, 2020
South Bend school’s Superintendent Todd Cummings says he’ll present a new plan for reopening schools to the board on Monday that’ll involve phasing students back into buildings for instruction “just a few days at a time.“

South Bend school officials to present new reopening plan on Monday
WSBT | July 29, 2020
Superintendent Todd Cummings says the new plan will include a phased approach for getting students back into the classroom.

More candidates file for South Bend, Mishawaka school board races
South Bend Tribune | July 28, 2020
Other candidates for the South Bend school board include incumbent Stephanie Ball and Annette Malone, both running for District 4, and Jeanette McCullough, who is challenging Upchurch and current school board members for an at-large seat.

South Bend parents, teachers air questions and concerns over school reopening plan

South Bend Tribune | July 28, 2020

DeMass was joined by dozens of other teachers, families and school staff during a virtual listening session hosted by South Bend school board member Rudy Monterrosa.

Final 2020 graduation ceremony held at Four Winds Field

WSBT | July 26, 2020

Seniors from Clay, Riley, Washington and Rise Up Academy gathered at Four Winds Field to mark the end of their high school journey.

Candidates begin filing for South Bend school board race

South Bend Tribune | July 23, 2020

Six people filed as candidates for South Bend school board seats on Wednesday, which was the first day of the filing period for the November election.

South Bend schools to continue athletic practices and events for now with more stringent protocols

South Bend Tribune | July 22, 2020

At this point, South Bend Schools Superintendent Todd Cummings said, the district intends to begin sport competitions, like football, as currently scheduled.

South Bend School Board to vote on plan to start the school year with e-learning only

WSBT | July 21, 2020

School Board Member Stuart Greene says starting with e-learning makes the most sense given the current data and feedback.

South Bend schools may start year with online classes only due to COVID-19

South Bend Tribune | July 21, 2020

After announcing plans to reopen as scheduled, South Bend schools said Monday it will not bring all students back into classrooms to start the new school year due to an increasing number of coronavirus cases.

South Bend School Officials Consider Starting School Year Virtually For All Students

WVPE | July 20, 2020

Officials from the South Bend Community School Corporation are reconsidering their reopening plan after hundreds of teachers and parents expressed their concerns over the past week. 


‘Logistical nightmare’: Parents, teachers worry about balancing school and safety

South Bend Tribune | July 19, 2020

South Bend administrators are pushing for teachers to return for in-person instruction and say those who are at high risk will have the option to teach virtually.

South Bend Schools launching free virtual youth conference focused on equality

ABC57 | July 19, 2020

The South Bend Community School Corporation is holding its first virtual Thought Leadership YOUth Conference for students through the Michiana area. The conference is free with three online sessions at 10 a.m. to noon, July 21st through 23rd.

New Clay High School principal lays out priorities for the school year

ABC57 | July 17, 2020

With an unprecedented beginning only 3 weeks away, former Adam’s High School Assistant Principal, Chris Berg, just days ago starting his new role as principal at Clay High School.

Family Helped Develop Blake Wesley On And Off The Court

Sports Illustrated | July 16, 2020

“Blake’s Mom (Leslie Wesley) and I, both grew up in the South Bend area,” Mr. Wesley explained. 

Some Parents Voice Concern With South Bend Back To School Plans

WVPE | July 16, 2020

South Bend Community Schools released its plan this week for reopening in the fall but some parents have concerns.


Questionnaire: John Anella ’93

Notre Dame Magazine | Summer 2020

John Anella was jubilant in early June after voters passed a referendum that will infuse $220 million for capital and operating expenses into the South Bend Community School Corporation budget over the next eight years.

Poison Control

Notre Dame Magazine | Summer 2020

She helped write a policy for the South Bend Community School Corporation that now requires all incoming kindergarten students to undergo lead screening. It is only the second such policy in Indiana.

Masks, health screenings, virtual options: St. Joseph County schools announce plans for reopening in fall

South Bend Tribune | July 1, 2020

During his virtual “Talks with Todd” Facebook event Tuesday, South Bend Superintendent Todd Cummings said schools will operate with the same start and end times as last year, with the first day of school scheduled for Aug. 12.

Operation Education: South Bend Empowerment Zone faces year two challenges

WSBT | July 1, 2020

Zone Chief Cheryl Camacho says the first step to changing is believing it can happen.

St. Joseph County school districts starting in-person classes on time for 2020-2021

WNDU | June 30, 2020

I talked about it today on 'Talks with Todd' but parents will have a choice whether to send them to a brick and mortar building or to join us virtually," said South Bend Community School Corporation Superintendent, Dr. Todd Cummings.

Operation Education: Assessing the Empowerment Zone after its first year

WSBT | June 29, 2020

The South Bend Empowerment Zone's first year has come to a close. Zone leaders are now evaluating what was accomplished, and what's left to be done.

21st Century Scholar applications due June 30 for fully funded in-state tuition

South Bend Tribune | June 27, 2020

“This opportunity is second to none,” Savino Rivera said Thursday while holding a stack of scholarship applications and flyers inside Navarre Middle School.


CAFÉ hosts forum on South Bend school’s plan to reform student disciplinary practices

South Bend Tribune | June 22, 2020

Superintendent Todd Cummings, Cheryl Camacho, chief of the South Bend Empowerment Zone, and Tiana Batiste-Waddell, qualifier for the Intercultural Development Inventory, an organization that specializes in the assessment and development of intercultural competence, are expected to present.


South Bend school leaders develop plan to reform student disciplinary practices

South Bend Tribune | June 16, 2020

South Bend school leaders have outlined a handful of commitments, from implementing a uniform student code of conduct to providing staff training, after the U.S. Department of Justice found that the district has not met requirements of a long-standing consent decree.

Riley senior has special graduation before leaving for the military

WNDU | June 10, 2020

Tim Tucker received it at the South Bend School Corporation Building downtown on Wednesday.

Operation Education: Examining South Bend's referendum success

WSBT | June 8, 2020

As Cummings said repeatedly the past few months, school leaders are waiting on a few things before they start spending money.


Where South Bend students can find buses with free Wi-Fi access this summer

South Bend Tribune | June 8, 2020

More than 20 buses will be parked across the city over the next two months for South Bend students to connect to free Wi-Fi, allowing them to complete summer school classes.


Our Opinion: The hard work begins after a big win for South Bend schools

South Bend Tribune | June 7, 2020

School board President John Anella said a district study of expenses is halfway done and should be completed and shared with the public within the next couple of months. 

Indiana voters show support for school fund increases

Associated Press | June 6, 2020

Voters in St. Joseph County also passed two property tax increases worth a total of $220 million over the next eight years for South Bend schools, which officials said will expand prekindergarten, help with maintenance and security upgrades, give teachers raises and add counselors and social workers.

Voters pass $220 million referendum for South Bend schools

South Bend Tribune | June 4, 2020

Voters approved the South Bend school district’s $220 million referendum, agreeing to a tax hike that is supposed to generate money for building upgrades, teacher raises and new literacy specialists.


Indiana primary election: What you need to know

South Bend Tribune | June 2, 2020

Among highlights, voters are being asked to decide on a $220 million referendum to help fund South Bend schools; which Democratic candidate should be in the race for the District 6 state House seat; which Democratic and Republican candidates should meet up in the fall to vie for the District 2 seat of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners; and which candidates should face off in the fall for the 2nd Congressional District seat, now held by Jackie Walorksi.

Don't expect swift primary election results, St. Joseph County officials say

South Bend Tribune | June 1, 2020

The South Bend school system has a $220 million referendum on the ballot, money the district says is vital for facilities and operations.

How South Bend school leaders plan to spend the $220 million from the referendum

South Bend Tribune | May 31, 2020

The South Bend Community School Corp. is urging voters to say yes to an upcoming referendum that would pump more than $220 million into the district.

Indiana primary 2020: Amid the coronavirus, it’s unclear how voters will react to school referendums

Indianapolis Star | May 30, 2020

Barr-Reeve Community Schools, Bartholomew Consolidated Schools, Benton Community Schools, Crothersville Community Schools, Eminence Community Schools, Hanover Community Schools, Lanesville Community Schools, South Bend Community Schools, Union Township Schools and Western Wayne Schools also have referendums on the ballot to support operating expenses.

Upcoming Primary Has Most School Funding Measures On Ballot Since 2010
Indiana Public Media | May 28, 2020
South Bend Community Schools is asking voters to approve two referendum measures: one focused on construction and one for general operations.

Letters: Two different views of the South Bend schools’ referendum

South Bend Tribune | May 27, 2020
We need to restore property taxes funding more of the SBCSC budget. Please vote yes both referendum questions.

Viewpoint: South Bend students, teachers and community deserve a yes vote on referendum

South Bend Tribune | May 26, 2020
On June 2, South Bend residents will have an opportunity to vote for increased support for this community’s public schools by voting “yes” for the two referendum questions.

Viewpoint: Vote yes on South Bend schools referendum and hold leaders accountable

South Bend Tribune | May 22, 2020

The referendum on funding South Bend public schools on the June ballot asks taxpayers to pony up some $220 million to support capital and operating costs; a one-time $54 million will be used to upgrade the safety and security of school buildings and $20.8 million per year over eight years to increase teacher salaries and make investments in classroom education.

South Bend schools to hold graduation ceremonies at Four Winds Field in July

South Bend Tribune | May 21, 2020

“We have worked closely with Dr. Mark Fox, deputy health officer for St. Joseph County, to ensure that you and your guests can celebrate together while observing social distancing and following all necessary health protocols,” Superintendent Todd Cummings wrote in a letter to graduating seniors.

Inspirational Single Mom & Her Four Kids Get Big Surprise from Ellen

Ellen Degeneres Show | May 20, 2020
Tawana Brown and her four children: Ta'Nyi, Ta'Myra, Tyrin, and Taydan drive to a local parking lot so the kids can access free Wi-Fi and do their schoolwork.

Ellen DeGeneres' Surprise for a Mom and 4 Kids Conducting Class in a Parking Lot Deserves an A+

E! News | May 20, 2020
The mother's name is Tawana Brown and she has four children: Ta'Nyi, Ta'Myra, Tyrin, and Taydan. Despite their challenges, the family of five from South Bend, Ind. remains positive.

Letters: Referendum

South Bend Tribune | May 18, 2020

As a former South Bend schools superintendent, I strongly endorse the two referendum ballot issues knowing that it will improve our public schools along with our South Bend community.

Pete Buttigieg urges yes vote on South Bend schools plan

Associated Press, U.S. News, Washington News, + more | May 16, 2020

Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is encouraging South Bend voters to raise property taxes for school improvements in the June 2 election.

Viewpoint: Vote to support changes in South Bend schools

South Bend Tribune | May 16, 2020

Please make that your goal, too, and vote yes on the South Bend schools referendum.

Viewpoint: We must take active steps to preserve our children's futures
South Bend Tribune | May 9, 2020
She revealed that she had a student in her house who had gone through the Certified Nursing Assistant program with the South Bend Community School Corp.

Letters: South Bend school leaders should provide a completed strategic plan to taxpayers
South Bend Tribune | May 9, 2020
I would like to thank Jeff Rea, president and CEO of the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce, for continuing to present the opinions of many business and property owners on the topic of the South Bend Community School Corp. referendum. (Tribune, May 1).

Distance Learning Feels Much Closer: Lessons From Education Leaders Of Color Responding To The COVID-19 Pandemic
Forbes | May 5, 2020
Cheryl Camcacho: Our Empowerment Zone has really worked to ground our strategy and approach in qualitative data by interviewing 50 families/week per school (250 perspectives/week across our Empowerment Zone). 

Loyola Makes Damezi Anderson's Transfer Official

Sports Illustrated | May 5, 2020
Coming out of South Bend Riley High School, Anderson was ranked No. 92 in the country by 247Sports and No. 114 by Rivals, in addition to being the second-rated player in the state of Indiana. 

Internet access critical for students as school remain closed

CNN International | May 3, 2020

There are places like South Bend, Indiana parking school buses in neighbourhoods where kids don’t have access to Wi-Fi. 

Meet Shawn Henderson!
The Wendy Williams Show | May 3, 2020
It Teacher's Appreciation week! Meet principal Shawn Henderson and check out the amazing work he's doing.

Viewpoint: South Bend mayor: Choose a new way forward, vote yes on school referendum
South Bend Tribune | May 2, 2020
Superintendent Todd Cummings committed that no capital funds will be spent until the efficiency study, strategic plan and right-sizing blueprint are ready to implement.

Public Schools Continue Distance Learning, But Do Not Know How Many Children Are Missing Classes
NPR | May 1, 2020
Other cities such as San Francisco and South Bend, Indiana, have similar plans to ensure students who do not have reliable internet access can at least occasionally get online. 

South Bend mayor backs school’s $220 million referendum
South Bend Tribune | May 1, 2020
After months of hesitation, South Bend Mayor James Mueller decided to publicly endorse South Bend school’s $220 million referendum.

Viewpoint: Vote to allow South Bend school district continue its critical work
South Bend Tribune | Apr. 30, 2020
The South Bend Community School Corp. is reaching out to citizens in its district to ask for support of a referendum which will be on the ballot in June. 


Coronavirus pandemic shines light on deep digital divide in U.S. amid efforts to narrow it

The Washington Post, SFGate, Connecticut Post, +  | April 29, 2020

The school district in South Bend, Ind., said it sent 22 school buses with WiFi to 44 sites across the city to provide Internet access for students who didn’t have it.

Libraries and Schools Are Bridging the Digital Divide During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Consumer Reports | April 29, 2020
In South Bend, Ind., schools have deployed about 20 buses with WiFi across the city.

Letters: Public schools
South Bend Tribune | April 25, 2020

I am supporting the South Bend Community School Corp.’s referendum and I will vote yes for both questions.

9 Inspiring Teachers Going Above and Beyond in the Age of the Coronavirus

Thrive Global | April 23, 2020
The principal and teachers of South Bend Riley High School in South Carolina got together to celebrate and honor their 225 seniors at home with yard signs and a megaphone. 

Former Sec. of Education on the Pitfalls of Remote Learning
PBS Amanpour and Company | April 20, 2020
I think about South Bend, Indiana, putting Wi-Fi on the school buses and parking the buses in neighborhoods where they know there is less internet access so kids can connect to school.

Costume company donates 225 masks to South Bend residents
WNDU | April 20, 2020
Casady Costume Company, affiliated with South Bend Community School Corporation, dropped off 225 masks for residents at Karl King Riverbend Tower Apartments in South Bend.

Viewpoint: Investing in mindfulness and movement in our schools

South Bend Tribune | April 20
Unfortunately, there is currently little room in the SBCSC budget for long-term, consistent and widespread programs in all schools to support socio-emotional learning. 


With limited internet, one mom finds a way to home-school outside the home
The Today Show/MSN/Yahoo! | April 18, 2020
Tawana Brown of South Bend, Indiana begins each day by driving her family to a parking lot where school buses that are equipped with Wi-Fi are parked. 

Inequalities amplified by COVID-19 highlight internet access as privilege
NBC News | April 18
NBC News’ Jacob Ward examines how families are struggling to stay connected without equal access to the internet.

Viewpoint: We must do our best for most vulnerable students in South Bend schools
South Bend Tribune | April 18, 2020
Using this standard, the South Bend Community School Corp. is doing far better than most people think.

In the COVID-19 era, the wheels on the bus increasingly bring Wi-Fi
ARS Technica | Apr. 15, 2020
From Austin, Texas, to South Bend, Indiana, to Millard County, Utah, to Toledo, Ohio, to Petal, Mississippi, (and countless other areas), these timeless symbols of a traditional school day are being strategically deployed with Wi-Fi networks in tow to help serve the most in-need students in a district.

Viewpoint: Vote yes
South Bend Tribune | April 15, 2020
For almost 50 years, I have been associated with South Bend schools as a parent, teacher, administrator and board member.

Harrison Elementary School gives out hundreds of care packages

ABC57 | April 14, 2020
Harrison Elementary School in South Bend handed out 500 family care packages on April 14.

Michiana high school seniors miss out on big and small moments

South Bend Tribune | April 13, 2020
Todd Cummings, the superintendent of the South Bend Community School Corp., said he told seniors that graduation has not been canceled.

School Bus Wi-Fi Hotspots Aide Student Learning During COVID-19 Closures
School Transportation News | Apr. 8, 2020
Meanwhile, South Bend Community School Corporation in Indiana installed Wi-Fi routers on its buses last November to extend student learning during the regular school commute.