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ISTEP replacement test passes House

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that proposes a replacement for the standardized test, ISTEP, passed the Indiana House with a vote of 67-31. House Bill 1003 would require students in grades 3 through 8 to complete the new statewide assessment called ILEARN, which for the next three years would be the same […]

Advocates rally for public education at Statehouse

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Advocates for public education from across the state gathered at the Statehouse Monday to celebrate Indiana’s public schools. Proposed legislation such as Senate Bill 422, which would change the position of superintendent of public instruction from elected to appointed, inspired the leaders of public education to make their voices […]

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Bill allowing prayer in schools met with fervent discussion in committee

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Carmel High School senior Mary Carmen Zakrajsek is the president of a pro-life club and during adoption month in November last year, her club put up a handmade sign with 300 hearts drawn on it. Each heart represented 10 lives and the message was that 3,000 children die each […]

Special Olympics bus bill passes Senate

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Thursday passed House Bill 1507 that will allow Special Olympics organizations to use school buses for transportation to their events. The bill was introduced because the Porter County Special Olympics program was using the Valparaiso School District buses to transport children. However, an insurance company determined that […]

Immigrant rights advocates march from Garfield Park to Statehouse

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Adrian Gutierrez works at a restaurant on the east side of Indianapolis Monday through Friday. But on Thursday, he didn’t go to work. Instead, he marched four miles from Garfield Park to the Statehouse steps as part of a nationwide movement known as “A Day Without Immigrants.” While holding […]

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Student journalists protection bill passes committee unanimously

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If a bill that would protect student journalists and their media advisors from censorship by school administrators had been in law 13 years ago, one Hoosier teacher might not have lost his job. Chad Tuley served as the student newspaper advisor for the Franklin Central High School student paper […]

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Lawmakers hold redistricting bill days before committee deadline

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —A bill to establish an independent redistricting commission drew dozens of supporters to the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday. Hoosiers from organizations such as Common Cause and the League of Women Voters testified in support of House Bill 1014 before the House Elections and Apportionment Committee. The bill’s author, Rep. Jerry Torr, […]

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Terre Haute casino bill dies after split vote

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would allow a new casino to open in Terre Haute was killed in committee after a split vote Wednesday. Half of the public policy committee voted against the bill, splitting the vote 5-5. Bills need a majority vote to advance out of committee. Senate Bill 354 […]

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Road funding bill moves forward

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House is moving forward with a road funding bill that would raise gas taxes by 10 cents per gallon and allow for future tolling of the state’s highways. Tuesday, the House considered amendments to House Bill 1002, which would raise $700 million in additional funds for infrastructure […]

Commentary: It’s not about Trump

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Commentary: It’s not about Trump

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – I get why more than four dozen Democrats in Congress want to skip President-elect Trump’s inauguration this week. He’s denigrated just about everything they stand for as he bullied his way through the campaign and this transition period. He’s mocked the disabled, defended despots and demeaned women. And then, […]