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Indiana gets NCLB waiver; feds will still monitor teacher evaluations

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Department of Education has extended Indiana’s waiver of some rules imposed by the controversial No Child Left Behind law, despite initial concerns by federal officials that the state wasn’t fulfilling its obligations. The agency removed conditions that had been placed on Indiana’s waiver after a federal inspection […]

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Teachers call for delay on evaluations, school grades based on new ISTEP test

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s largest teachers union wants to push pause on plans to tie next year’s school grades and teacher salaries to a new standardized test that remains under development. The Indiana State Teachers Association is calling on Gov. Mike Pence to “take the lead” in implementing a temporary moratorium […]

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Work share program debated by study committee

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Business leaders split Wednesday on their support of a proposed work share program that would let companies reduce work hours for employees, who could then collect partial unemployment benefits. The program – which is authorized by the federal government and has been implemented in 29 states – is designed […]

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Attorneys face tough questions about gay marriage at appeals court

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State attorneys from Indiana and Wisconsin faced a barrage of questions Tuesday about adoption and raising children as they argued before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to save their respective states’ gay marriage bans. Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher was just seconds into an argument about the state’s […]

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College students get web messages about Lifeline Law

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students returning to several Indiana colleges will be blasted with social media messages reminding them to call 911 to help friends who are in trouble, even if they’ve been drinking illegally. A new campaign to promote the Indiana Lifeline Law means students accessing the web through their colleges or […]

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Gay rights advocates rally as 7th Circuit prepares to hear arguments in marriage case

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Alice Hoenigman stood just 100 yards from the spot where she married her partner on June 25, the day a federal judge ruled that same sex couples could wed in Indiana. But on Monday, Hoenigman and dozens of others were rallying to make her union and hundreds of others […]

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Pence: State remains right-to-work state, despite court ruling

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Friday that Indiana continues to be a right-to-work state, even though a Lake County Circuit Court judge has refused to stay a ruling declaring the state’s right-to-work law unconstitutional. On Thursday, Circuit Judge George Paras – who issued the ruling last month deeming Indiana’s right-to-work […]

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Lawmakers move forward with plans to monitor State Board of Accounts

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s independent auditing agency will soon receive more legislative oversight. A subcommittee of the Indiana Legislative Council met this week to determine the goals and best practices of a new Audit Committee, which is meant to operate as a type of peer-review system for the State Board of […]

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Young issues another marriage ruling; decision stayed pending appeals court action

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge that previously declared the state’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional has now ruled in a separate case that Indiana must recognize gay marriages performed in other states. But the decision Thursday from U.S. District Judge Richard Young has no immediate effect. The Evansville-based judge stayed his […]

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Video & story: Lawmakers consider impact of disease on deer hunting, farming operations

Committee discusses what chronic wasting disease could do to Indiana from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers heard nearly five hours of testimony from more than 25 individuals Tuesday as part of a study to determine how Indiana should regulate deer farming and whether to legalize fenced hunting. The Interim […]

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