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Governor names new top education policy advisor

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb has named the top aide to Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction as his newest senior education policy advisor. Dr. Lee Ann Kwiatkowski replaces P.J. McGrew, who served as education policy director to Vice President  Mike Pence when he was governor and continued in the role in the Holcomb administration. […]

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School takeover and safety bills easily approved in one-day special session

By Abrahm Hurt and Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Monday’s special session came with no surprises as the four bills that legislators failed to pass on the last night of the regular session were all easily approved and signed by the governor. “Today, Indiana lawmakers aligned state and federal tax law to streamline the process […]

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Gary, Muncie school takeovers stir controversy

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Muncie School Corporation takeover bill, which appeared to die at the end of this year’s legislative session, is one step closer to becoming a law once again. Lawmakers will meet at the Statehouse on May 14 for a special one-day session to act on bills that legislators failed […]

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New IDOE initiative to provide cybersecurity investments in K-12 schools

Staff Report The StatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana Department of Education is working to put a stop to cyberbullying throughout the state. IDOE is partnering with the Indiana Office of Technology and the Indiana Information Sharing and Analysis Center to invest in cybersecurity in K-12 schools in Indiana.  “Cybersecurity is a mission critical component in today’s […]

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Special session includes tax and school bills

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Democrats are worried that the May 14 special legislative session is undemocratic by not involving Hoosier voices. “My fundamental problem is this is being handled in an amazingly undemocratic fashion,” said state Rep. Ed Delaney, D-Indianapolis. “How can we consider legislation without testimony, without committee hearings and without […]

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Last Mile program gives women inmates a second chance

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Indiana inmate Virginia Hooten hopes The Last Mile program will be the doorway to possibilities for a better life. Last year, 24-year old Hooten was sentenced to a term of nine years in the Department of Correction, three of which include probation, after being convicted of dealing drugs. Now, she […]

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Anti-bullying law compels schools to report incidents

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– After finding more than half of schools in Indiana are not reporting bullying incidents, lawmakers have passed legislation that aims to resolve the issue. The latest data report in Indiana, provided online by the Indiana Department of Education, shows that 55 percent of schools throughout Indiana reported zero incidents […]

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General Assembly receives mixed report card from Indiana’s schools chief

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­–Indiana’s state superintendent of public instruction on Monday gave the General Assembly mixed reviews over what was accomplished for education in the 2018 legislative session. Dr. Jennifer McCormick said she was excited to see the success of Senate Enrolled Act 177, which establishes one Indiana diploma, and Senate Enrolled Act […]

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Sex education bill goes to governor for action

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A bill granting parents the right to decide whether their children can learn about human sexuality in the schools passed out of the Indiana Senate for the second time despite vocal opposition on the floor. Rep. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, voiced multiple concerns with Senate Bill 65, which passed out […]

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School funding bill on its way to the governor

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Legislation that provides extra funding to state’s public schools because of an unexpected jump in enrollment is heading to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk. Rep. Sally Siegrist, R-West Lafayette, crafted House Bill 1001 after an extra 6,000 students showed up in Indiana’s public schools this academic year. The legislation passed unanimously […]

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