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Senate committee approves bill to fully fund virtual instruction

By Taylor Wooten TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—In a unanimous vote, a Senate committee decided to fully fund schools teaching students online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Bill 2 responds to a debate that began when many traditional schools had to switch to online instruction. Students who spent at least half their time learning virtually only brought 85% […]

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Schools could see funding increase when serving virtual students because of COVID-19

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Schools could see funding increase when serving virtual students because of COVID-19

 By Erica Irish  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Lawmakers affirmed the need to fully fund schools serving an increasing number of students online in discussions at the Statehouse Wednesday.  The number of students learning virtually in Indiana grew sharply because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A statewide stay-at-home order issued by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb in March led schools to […]

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Jenner meets mixed reviews as she prepares to take office as Indiana secretary of education

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Jenner meets mixed reviews as she prepares to take office as Indiana secretary of education

By Taylor Wooten TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—When Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick’s term was up as the final elected official in the role, Gov. Eric Holcomb went with an obvious choice when replacing her: his senior education advisor, Katie Jenner. In college, Jenner studied business and education. She went on to receive a doctor of education […]

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Teacher pay commission aims to raise Indiana average to $60,000

By Taylor Wooten TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission determined that $600 million per year will be needed to increase teacher pay in Indiana to a competitive average salary, around $60,000 a year.  The commission was created by Holcomb in 2019 and faced criticism for meeting behind closed doors and for […]

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Indianapolis schools to open as early as Jan. 4

By Taylor Wooten TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Marion County schools will open Jan. 4, two weeks before the original date as health officials adjust to changing COVID-19 quarantine protocols announced recently by the Centers for Disease Control. Schools in the county had been ordered closed until Jan. 18, but Dr. Virginia Caine, director of the Marion County […]

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ISTA and Chamber of Commerce unite with mask-up message

By LaMonte Richardson Jr.TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Teachers Association and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce are uniting to urge the public to take more precaution as COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly in Indiana.  “It’s true that the Indiana Chamber and ISTA do not see eye-to-eye on every issue. But this is all about coming together […]

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Holcomb names Katie Jenner as secretary of education

By Taylor Wooten TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has named his senior education advisor, Katie Jenner, as the state’s first appointed secretary of education effective Jan. 11. “Dr. Katie Jenner has focused her entire career on investing in students, teachers and staff, and she will continue to build the relationships needed to move our state […]

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Organization urges lawmakers to invest in early education

Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Early Education Works, formerly known as All IN 4 Pre-K, says they will continue to urge lawmakers to work towards sustaining funding and strengthening the state’s pre-kindergarten program in the 2021 legislative session.  The organization is comprised of Indiana business and civic and philanthropic leaders among others say Early Education Works “will focus […]

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ISTA wants right to negotiate working conditions as COVID-19 adds to teacher stress

By LaMonte RIchardson Jr.TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana educators are pushing the Republican-dominated General Assembly to restore their collective bargaining rights as teachers deal with the stresses and workload created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  “We are calling for the legislature to restore teachers’ collective bargaining rights, especially on workload issues such as hours, days, prep time, and […]

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State’s education leader names school funding and internet top issues for 2021 legislative session

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — School funding, inclusivity and internet connectivity are some of the education issues that demand the most attention during the 2021 legislative session, Indiana’s school chief wrote in a letter to lawmakers Tuesday.  Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick outlined her goals in a detailed packet, named the EducationFIRST plan. The plan […]

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