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Students celebrate Ivy Tech Day at the Statehouse

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Students, staff and legislators celebrated Ivy Tech Day at the Statehouse Wednesday. Teresa Lubbers, Commissioner for Higher Education, discussed Indiana’s strategic plan, Reaching Higher and Achieving More. The goal is have 60 percent of Hoosiers have quality degrees and credentials beyond high school by 2025. “Why are we focused […]

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Lawmakers brainstorm teacher mentorship ideas

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate committee is considering combining two bills creating mentorship programs for new teachers. The Career Pathways and Mentorship Program, proposed under House Bill 1005, would provide experienced educators with extra pay in exchange for mentoring new teachers. The goal is to help new teachers “set a greater foundation for […]

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Ritz wants to pause the possible expansion of school vouchers

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Despite education issues being fast tracked this year, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz believes plenty of work is still left to be done during this session. “It is time for our state legislature to fully study both the fiscal and academic impacts that school voucher system is […]

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2016 ISTEP technical issues being addressed

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Recent tests of the system that gives the ISTEP exam uncovered some technical issues. The Indiana Department of Education said readiness tests were performed to determine if the vendor, school computers, and the network is able to handle the strain of thousands of students logging onto take ISTEP. The department […]

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Minority Leader Pelath: Civil rights discussions are not over

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— House Democratic Leader, Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, is ready to bring the LGBT civil rights debate back to the Statehouse this year. “This issue is not over, just because they decide not to bring a bill down on a calendar in one house doesn’t mean that we stop talking about […]

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Rogers’ final bill passes with applause: “There’s no one better”

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, presented her final bill before the Senate, she received a standing ovation. “Her dedication to her community, to the people that she serves, there’s no one better,” said Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, “and I just want to thank you for all your years of […]

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State Board of Education approves 2015 school accountability grades

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Board of Education approved the 2014-15 school accountability grades Wednesday. From 2014 to 2015, schools receiving A’s remained unchanged at 46 percent, B’s went down 33 percent to 32 percent, C’s unchanged at 19 percent, D’s dropped from 3 percent to 2 percent, and F’s unchanged at […]

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Proposal to repeal and rescore ISTEP moves to the Senate

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – ISTEP could become a thing of the past if a bill that has passed the House also finds success in the Senate. Under the proposal, 2016-17 would be the final year to administer ISTEP. House Bill 1395 would also create a commission to determine what the future of assessment […]

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Back to school for Indiana dual credit teachers

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Rep. Wendy McNamara is working to find a way for high school teachers who currently teach dual-credit courses to meet new accreditation requirements created by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent organization that accredits colleges and universities. In February 2015, the commission created a policy that requires all adjunct […]

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Plan to replace ISTEP advances with some reservations

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A plan to get rid of ISTEP is moving forward. Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, said under House Bill 1395, the 2016-2017 school year would be the final to administer the test. “It repeals ISTEP as we know it, creates a commission of a broad base of stakeholders, educators, administrators, […]

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