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Pre-K applications now available in Allen, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Families in four of the five counties that are part of a state pre-kindergarten pilot can now sign up to receive a grant for the program. Children eligible for the first phase of the pilot will include 4-year-olds living in Allen, Lake, Marion or Vanderburgh counties who will start […]

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Story & photos: GOP leaders say education funding to be focus of 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican legislative leaders want to restore their credibility among Indiana teachers with proposals they say will mean more money for education and drive more dollars into classrooms and away from administration. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said on the General Assembly’s Organization Day he has assembled a team of […]

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Legislative leaders say fights among education officials are unacceptable

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislative leaders say they remain frustrated at the “dysfunctional” relationship among state education officials and will step in if the sides can’t resolve their differences – soon. On the eve the legislature’s Organization Day for the 2015 session, House Speaker Brian Bosma said he’s concerned enough that he’s thinking […]

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Pilot pre-K enrollment to begin next month; provider apps available now

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Low-income families in five pilot counties could begin enrolling their children in state-funded preschool next month with classes starting in January, state officials said Wednesday. In addition, organizations that want to provide preschool in those counties – Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh – can now apply to be part […]

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More A schools, fewer Fs after education board assigns grades

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More schools received As and fewer had Fs under grades the Indiana State Board of Education assigned Wednesday. In fact, 54 percent of all schools received the state’s highest grade. That’s 9 percentage points higher than last year. About 4 percent of schools received failing grades compared to 5.4 […]

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Number of students using vouchers jumps dramatically

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The number of students using state-funded vouchers to attend private schools has jumped by more than 47 percent this school year, according to preliminary numbers confirmed by state education officials. In all, 29,146 elementary, middle and high school students – about 3 percent of the overall student population – […]

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Feds extend pre-K funding deadline but Pence still says no

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he still won’t apply for up to $80 million in preschool funding – despite an extended federal deadline and calls from several education officials. Pence said he stands by a decision he made last week not to seek the grant funding, which could have […]

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Pence won’t seek federal dollars to expand pre-K

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has opted to end Indiana’s bid for up to $80 million in federal pre-kindergarten funding, a move that appeases some conservatives as he mulls a 2016 presidential run. Pence says he’s concerned about strings attached to the money. But Democrats complained Thursday that the Republican governor […]

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Education board postpones vote on A-F grades for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to delay approving letter grades for schools because members said they were unsure about the underlying data. The decision came after two school administrators complained about the appeals process for their grades and board members learned that the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency […]

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House GOP wants to rewrite school funding formula

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Republicans say they will work in 2015 to boost money for public schools and rewrite the formula that distributes those dollars to try to reduce the gap between the state’s highest and lowest funded districts. The move could mean a shift in funding from some of the state’s […]

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