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Board of Education postpones decision on FACS issue

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Board of Education is postponing a decision on a proposal to cut funding for classes that teach students life skills such basic nutrition or personal finances. The board was expected to vote Wednesday on a Department of Workforce Development report that would cut funding to various Family and Consumer […]

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Commentary: Looking for the next Mr. Ruckelshaus

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— I’ve never believed it true that “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” But it is true that events can give you a keener appreciation of what was lost. On Nov. 27, we lost William Ruckelshaus, an Indianapolis native who was the first director of the Environmental […]

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Student advocates conference set for mid-December

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is inviting college advisors, mentors, student leaders and other advocates to the fifth annual 2019 Indiana Student Advocates Conference. The free two-day event will be held in Indianapolis on Dec. 16 and 17 and will feature three keynote speakers who will give 15-minute “Ted Talk” style […]

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Many say that proposed BMV ID change doesn’t work

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—For all the LGBTQ+ topics that divide Hoosiers currently, there seems to be one that they can agree on—that a new proposed rule to change gender ID on driver’s licenses and other IDs doesn’t work. But one side argues that a gender change from male to female or to the neutral […]

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BMV proposes new rule to change gender on driver’s license

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Proposed changes to the rules allowing Hoosiers to legally change their gender on their driver’s licenses creates a process that is cumbersome and bureaucratic, critics say. The public will have a chance to be heard Monday when Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is holding a hearing on the proposed changes. One […]

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Next Level Broadband project awarded additional funding

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—More than 11,000 underserved homes and commercial locations will now have broadband coverage in Indiana because of an additional $6.3 million dollars being awarded to the Next Level Broadband program. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s $100 million program is the largest single state investment in broadband. The first round total is now at $28.4 […]

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Opioid Task Force says courts need treatment options to deal with addiction crisis

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—With 120 Americans dying every day from opioid overdoses, a national group of state court judges is recommending expanding treatment options and creating specialized courts to deal with the crisis. The National Judicial Opioid Task Force, co-chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush, released a report  Wednesday with findings […]

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Bosma announces retirement as teachers rally for more funding

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—House Speaker Brian Bosma told the thousands of teachers who traveled to the Statehouse to rally for better pay and improved funding that lawmakers “get it” and will address some of their issues when they return in January. If the Indianapolis Republican succeeds, it will be among his last acts as […]

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Statehouse a sea of red at Red for Ed rally

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Hundreds of teachers, parents and their supporters descended on the Statehouse Tuesday with signs, banners and chants demanding that lawmakers listen to them as they seek more funding for public schools, fewer standardized tests and better pay. The grounds outside the Statehouse were a sea of red, crowded with people wearing […]

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State Lawmakers roll out session plans at Indiana Chamber luncheon

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana legislative leaders agree on at least one thing as they head into the 2020 legislative session: passage of a bill to prevent the state’s teachers and school districts from being punished for poor results on Indiana’s new standardized test. That’s just one of the demands, though, that an estimated 14,000 […]

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