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Gregg, Ritz detail proposal for statewide pre-K program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Democratic candidate for governor, John Gregg, teamed up Thursday to discuss their vision to establish the first statewide, pre-Kindergarten program in state history. “We know the benefits of early learning, that’s why John Gregg and I are committed to ensuring that every […]

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In the search for ISTEP’s replacement, panel debates testing styles

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The panel tasked with finding a replacement for ISTEP met for the second time on Tuesday, and despite heated debate, one consensus was clear: the panel needs a vision. “What do we want to achieve with this?” IPS principal and committee chair Nicole Fama said. “What are we measuring? […]

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Ritz pushes for universal pre-K program

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz wants Indiana to have a universal pre-K program. Ritz Tuesday wanted to make the Indiana Department of Education’s goal very clear ahead of the General Assembly’s budget session next year. “Indiana cannot have a system of high quality when we have students that come […]

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Pence expresses interest in expanding state’s pre-K program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter Thursday to Secretary Sylvia Burwell of the Department of Health and Human Services expressing interest in expanding the state’s pre-K program for disadvantaged children. “Because of the success of our first-ever, state-funded pre-K pilot program, I am committed to opening doors of opportunity to […]

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Children’s book about sharing wins Indiana early literacy award

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A children’s book about sharing, friendship and hats has won the second annual Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. The Indiana State Library announced “Hooray for Hat!” written and illustrated by Brian Won as this year’s winner. “I am both thrilled and honored that ‘Hooray for Hat!’ received the Indiana […]

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Recounts approved in two primary races

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some Indiana candidates will have to wait a bit longer to learn whether they’ll be on the ballot for this November’s general election. The Indiana State Recount Commission held a hearing Thursday morning to discuss recount petitions that were filed after the Indiana primary on May 3. Under Indiana […]

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Panel begins search for ISTEP alternatives

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The road to finding an alternative to the state’s controversial ISTEP test has officially begun. The 23-person panel tasked with finding an alternative to the standardized exam met for the first time Tuesday. The group was asked to propose new testing approaches that will reduce testing time, reduce the […]

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Former Lt. Gov. Ellspermann named as Ivy Tech’s new president

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The board of Indiana’s community college system announced Wednesday the appointment of former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann as Ivy Tech’s new president. Ellspermann, who resigned from Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s administration in March after a reported rift between them, was viewed as the top candidate to replace the school’s […]

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The fight to stop brain drain in Indiana

By Dyala Akermawi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is in jeopardy of losing population and aging as an effect of brain drain, but state leaders are determined to keep Indiana’s young and brightest from leaving the state. “Brain drain is when we have younger generations that—because of better opportunities or other issues in their lives—they stay […]

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Department of Education adds to certified school safety personnel

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 450 new School Safety Specialists received certifications Monday from The Indiana Department of Education and Indiana School Safety Academy. “Every child in Indiana deserves to attend a school with a safe and secure learning environment,” Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said in a press release. […]

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