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Board of Education postpones decision on FACS issue

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Board of Education is postponing a decision on a proposal to cut funding for classes that teach students life skills such basic nutrition or personal finances. The board was expected to vote Wednesday on a Department of Workforce Development report that would cut funding to various Family and Consumer […]

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Student advocates conference set for mid-December

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is inviting college advisors, mentors, student leaders and other advocates to the fifth annual 2019 Indiana Student Advocates Conference. The free two-day event will be held in Indianapolis on Dec. 16 and 17 and will feature three keynote speakers who will give 15-minute “Ted Talk” style […]

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Bosma announces retirement as teachers rally for more funding

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—House Speaker Brian Bosma told the thousands of teachers who traveled to the Statehouse to rally for better pay and improved funding that lawmakers “get it” and will address some of their issues when they return in January. If the Indianapolis Republican succeeds, it will be among his last acts as […]

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Statehouse a sea of red at Red for Ed rally

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Hundreds of teachers, parents and their supporters descended on the Statehouse Tuesday with signs, banners and chants demanding that lawmakers listen to them as they seek more funding for public schools, fewer standardized tests and better pay. The grounds outside the Statehouse were a sea of red, crowded with people wearing […]

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State Lawmakers roll out session plans at Indiana Chamber luncheon

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana legislative leaders agree on at least one thing as they head into the 2020 legislative session: passage of a bill to prevent the state’s teachers and school districts from being punished for poor results on Indiana’s new standardized test. That’s just one of the demands, though, that an estimated 14,000 […]

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Teachers to rally to push education reforms

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—More than 100 school districts across Indiana will close on Tuesday as thousands of Hoosier teachers say they will descend on the Statehouse to urge lawmakers to improve pay and make other education reforms. The “Red for Ed” rally organized by the Indiana State Teachers Association takes place on the day […]

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Commentary: Teachers to give lawmakers an education

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— On Tuesday, Amber Seibert, a teacher at Westlane Middle School in Indianapolis, plans to go to the Statehouse with a simple message for lawmakers: “Enough is enough.” She won’t be alone. As many as 13,000 teachers are expected to pack the Statehouse to educate lawmakers who have given them […]

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Two teaching scholarships are now open for applications

Staff Report TheStatehouseFIle.com INDIANAPOLIS—Two scholarships for teachers are now open for applications, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education announced Wednesday. The scholarships, the Earline S. Rogers Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities and the Student Teaching Stipend for High Need Fields, are open for student teachers to apply for through Jan. 31. The Earline S. Rogers […]

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Indiana national blue ribbon schools recognized

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Twelve Indiana elementary and middle schools were honored as 2019 Indiana National Blue Ribbon Schools in a ceremony Monday at the Indiana Statehouse. Schools of all sizes were chosen for the honor based on high levels of rigor and performance or their academic growth. Eleven of the 12 schools being recognized […]

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$80,000 in education grants awarded to Indiana organizations

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Commission for Higher Education awarded $80,000 to 13 local organizations including K-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, employers and community partners. The winners of the 2019 School and Community Partnership Grant were announced Tuesday and they will begin implementing their suggested programs and events during the current school year. “We look forward […]

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