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IPS upping pay to help attract and retain quality teachers

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Educators in the Indianapolis Public School district are receiving their first significant pay hike in five years. Amid the teacher shortage, IPS prioritized teacher raises as a step in retaining and attracting quality teachers. “Research clearly shows that teachers have the most direct impact on student achievement,” Justin Ohlemiller, […]

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Pence creates a task force to address the state’s growing drug abuse epidemic

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced the creation of a drug task force Tuesday to address the state’s growing epidemic of substance abuse. “We’ve created the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention because it is time to take a holistic and collaborative approach to addressing substance abuse and its […]

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Fishers Metropolitan Airport awarded a federal grant for upgrades

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport in Fishers is preparing to upgrade a runway and install taxiway lighting thanks to a grant of more than $2.6 million. The Federal Aviation Administration announced the airport as a recipient on Monday. “Investing in our infrastructure, including our airports, is important to supporting business and […]

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Cloud service provider prepares to move headquarters to Indy

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A global cloud services provider and leader in enterprise crowdsourcing is preparing to make Indianapolis home to its corporate headquarters. Appirio Inc. announced Friday it will invest $7.7 million over the next five years in Indianapolis to build on its continued growth in the area. The company is moving its […]

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IPS changes reflect several Stand for Children recommendations but lacks focus on teacher retention

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Public School district is making several changes to their operation from how students are enrolled in school to how they attract school leaders. IPS used many of the recommendations from Stand for Children Indiana’s “Every Child, Every Neighborhood” vision. The vision was included in the IPS strategic plan […]

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More than 1,500 acres to be preserved and restored by NIPSCO

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is planning to preserve and restore land for public education and enjoyment. The nearly 1,630 acres of land will also be a focus for improving the biodiversity and habitats for many of the region’s plant and animal life. NIPSCO provided nearly $2 million […]

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Department of Education announces launch of INschool 2.0 mobile app

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, announced the launch of a new version of the department’s mobile app Thursday. “Administrators and teachers have been communicating with parents via report cards, flyers and parent-teacher conferences for decades,” Ritz said. “And over the past decade, there have been a number of technological […]

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Committee talks body cameras for Indiana law enforcement

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Interim Study Committee on Government started the discussion Wednesday on the benefits and ramifications of providing the state’s law enforcement with body cameras. Jim Corridan, Indiana state archivist, said putting body cameras on law enforcement in Indiana could be a costly move. He said the oversight committee adopted […]

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Pence to head to Japan next month on jobs mission

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is preparing for a second trip to Japan to strengthen the business ties between the country and the U.S. “Indiana’s bond with Japan goes back nearly 100 years and with more than 46,000 Hoosiers employed by Japanese businesses across the state, we once again head to Japan […]

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Committee talks making fresh food more accessible in “food deserts”

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Robin Shackleford, D-Indianapolis, proposed an amendment Tuesday to a bill that might offer some relief to areas suffering from food deserts. A food desert is an area lacking convenient access to grocery stores or food markets that carry milk and fresh fruits and vegetables. People living in so-called […]

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