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State chooses 5 counties for preschool pilot program

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties will be part of the state’s preschool pilot program for low-income children. Gov. Mike Pence said at the Keynote Rotary Club of Indianapolis meetingthat the program will start in early 2015, although last month his office said it wouldn’t be ready until […]

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School snacks go healthy: See what made the cut

Schools across Indiana and the nation are adjusting to a new rule for the types of snacks they can sell to students. The new rule “carefully balances science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which set the rules at the direction of Congress. […]

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Ritz, ed board battle – again – over waiver, meeting rules

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Board of Education members nabbed more control away from Democratic Superintendent Glenda Ritz when they passed resolutions that gave the board more control over their meetings and more oversight of education policy. In a tense, eight-hour meeting, Ritz – who chairs the board – tried to fight the […]

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Bennett, ethics commission arrive at settlement

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett has reached a settlement agreement in a case before the Indiana State Ethics Commission. Bennett’s attorney, Jason Barclay, said details about the settlement will not be announced until Thursday’s meeting of the ethics commission. The state inspector general filed a complaint with the […]

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Governor announces career education grants

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced grant awards of a little more than $3 million dollars for new Innovative Career and Technical Education Curricula on Thursday. The grants – funded by the General Assembly – are designed to encourage new and collaborative career and technical training opportunities for Hoosier students. Several […]

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State submits for education waiver

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz submitted the state’s one-year extension application with a series of amendments on the No Child Left Behind waiver Monday. “I am proud to submit this waiver request,” Ritz said. “The request represents countless hours of work put in by the Indiana Department of Education.” The […]

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30 Laws: New, streamlined teacher evaluation program coming soon

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new law to “streamline” teacher evaluations becomes effective July 1, but will not take any action until the 2015-2016 school year because additional funds are needed. Rep. Bob Behning, R- Indianapolis, author of House Bill 1388, said the new evaluations are part of an effort to have the […]

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Roundtable agrees to extend ISTEP testing; waiver grant still not complete

INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz urged the Indiana Education Roundtable to add a gauge of a student’s reading ability to the new ISTEP test, but the recommendation failed Monday. Ritz wanted the new ISTEP test to compile a separate reading score but the governor disagreed. “We have to measure reading. It is very important […]

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30 Laws: Program seeks to push good students into STEM teaching jobs

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A plan to keep top performing students home in Indiana after they graduate from college passed the General Assembly unanimously but could face trouble next year as lawmakers decide how to fund it. “I think everyone agrees with the concept,” said Rep. Justin Moed, D-Indianapolis, “but it will be […]

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30 Laws: Football coaches to get more concussion, player safety training

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is the first state to require high school football coaches to take part in a player safety and concussion-training course. Senate Bill 222 – authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle – requires the course every two years. It takes effect July 1. The Department of Education recently decided […]

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