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House Democrats urge study of controversial virtual schools

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Lawmakers from parties in the Indiana House and Senate voted unanimously in the last legislative session to study the cost and benefits of the state’s troubled virtual schools in a summer study committee. But the virtual schools’ topic is missing from the list of issues to be studied by the Interim […]

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Verbal and physical bullying up, but electronic bullying drops, newest data show

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—For the first time since 2016, the Indiana Department of Education has reported that the number of bullying incidents in Indiana schools went down, largely because written or electronic harassment dropped sharply. In its annual schools bullying, safety and arrest report, the IDOE reported 5,257 bullying incidents during the 2018-19 school […]

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Teachers recognized for science and math instruction

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The 2018-2019 state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching were announced Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Education. The final six, who were selected by a state committee, will move forward in the competition from state level to national level and will participate in and honor […]

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Police departments get grants for traffic enforcement at school bus stops

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS–With the new school year starting up, Hoosier police agencies will be receiving funds for traffic enforcement at school bus stops. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is giving approximately $380,000 to 39 agencies for overtime school bus stop enforcement over the next two months. “Indiana police officers will be enforcing increased fines […]

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New law aims to protect students boarding school buses

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Indiana children are heading back to school with a new state law in place to try to keep them safe as they board buses. The law was passed this year by the Indiana General Assembly in response to the deaths of three children in 2018 as they prepared to get […]

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Two Indiana teachers named semifinalists for teaching excellence prize

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Two Indiana teachers were named semifinalists from among 50 other teacher teams for the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. Eric Fisher is a teacher at Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia who provides his students with many real-world opportunities. His program aligns with the development standards of […]

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Democrats want answers in virtual charter school investigation

STAFF REPORT The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Democrats are searching for answers in the current virtual charter school investigation. The investigation came after Daleville Community Schools stopped its business relationship with two Indiana virtual charter schools, Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy, after numerous allegations arose that these two schools were inflating […]

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State wants $40 million back from two virtual charter schools

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Indiana wants $40 million slashed in future state funding to recoup dollars given to two virtual charter schools that allegedly inflated their enrollment numbers. But getting the money, despite Wednesday’s recommendation by the State Board of Education recover it, won’t be easy. One, the Indiana Virtual School, closes in September and […]

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The green flag waves on the 2020 governor race

  By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Although the primary election is 10 months away, the Democratic race to challenge the Republican incumbent, Gov. Eric Holcomb, in 2020 is already intensifying. Wednesday, Dr. Woody Myers, a former state health commissioner, will hold a press conference in front of the former Wishard Hospital emergency room for […]

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State’s top educator takes heat for joining a Democrat’s listening tour

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Indiana’s top educator, a Republican, is joining a Democratic state senator and possible candidate for governor on a listening tour to hear what Hoosiers have to say about education. It’s a move that has Indiana Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer accusing Jennifer McCormick, superintendent of public instruction, of auditioning for a […]

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