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Top State of the Judiciary issues include opioid crisis and technology

Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Deep into the 21st century, the judicial system is grappling with an age-old scourge of drug addiction, Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush told lawmakers Wednesday. Rush, making her fifth State of the Judiciary speech Wednesday, focused on the opioid epidemic that she said “has invaded every Indiana community.” She said the courts […]

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House committee passes tighter rules for virtual schools

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—When Donnie Bowsman saw four students leave Randolph Southern Schools to enroll in virtual education programs before they reached the fourth grade, one question plagued his mind. “These kids can’t even go to the bathroom by themselves, and they’re expected to sit in front a computer for five hours a day? […]

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State’s top educator could be appointed by 2021

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s last chance to elect its superintendent of public instruction may disappear, thanks to a bill passed by the House Education Committee Wednesday morning. House Bill 1005, authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, would authorize the governor to appoint the next superintendent in January 2021 instead of the original date, […]

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Adult court for juveniles who commit attempted murder? Senate committee says yes

Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Cory Whistler, whose daughter Ella was shot by a classmate last year, came to the Statehouse Tuesday with a message for lawmakers: She lives with the fear he’ll hurt her again. Ella was shot seven times by a 13-year-old classmate at Noblesville West Middle School on May 25. Under current law, he […]

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IU Public Policy Institute establishes new research center for social inclusion

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IU Public Policy Institute establishes new research center for social inclusion

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University’s Public Policy Institute unveiled its newest research center Monday with a renewed focus on the study of diversity, inclusion and an array of socioeconomic barriers that affect Indiana residents every day. The Center for Research on Inclusion & Social Policy (CRISP) will act alongside other initiatives by […]

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Senate committee wants more recent child fatality data

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers want the Department of Child Services to provide them with more recent data and in greater detail about the deaths of children statewide. Members of the Senate Family and Children Services committee said Monday they are concerned with outdated fatality data reported by DCS used to support Senate […]

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Governor’s budget calls for more K-12 funding but teacher pay questions remain

By Victoria Ratliff  TheStateHouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS- Gov. Eric Holcomb delivered a budget Thursday that fully funds his Next Level agenda, increases K-12 funding, but leaves some questioning about how he plans to get more money into teacher paychecks.   Micah Vincent, director of the Office of Management and Budget, walked members of the State Budget Committee through the nearly $34 billion two-year budget that increases […]

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Lawmaker proposes bill to add civics test to graduation requirements

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Only one in four college students could name all three branches of government and more than a third couldn’t name a single right in the First Amendment, the Annenburg Public Policy Center reported in a 2016 study. “We have a deficiency in government and civics knowledge in America today and I […]

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GOP teacher pay plan advances without support of Democrats

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — House Republicans want to drive more money into K-12 classrooms in an effort to raise teacher salaries, but only using existing resources. Rep. Dale DeVon, R-Granger, is proposing legislation that would encourage Indiana school districts to transfer only 15 percent or less of their state money into its operational […]

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Hoosiers support cigarette tax hike by wide margin, survey finds

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Nearly three out of four Hoosiers support a $2 per pack hike in the cost of cigarettes and using the new money to keep children from smoking and helping current smokers quit. That is the result of a recent survey conducted by Bellwether Research and Consulting and paid for by the […]

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