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Department of Education announces launch of INschool 2.0 mobile app

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, announced the launch of a new version of the department’s mobile app Thursday. “Administrators and teachers have been communicating with parents via report cards, flyers and parent-teacher conferences for decades,” Ritz said. “And over the past decade, there have been a number of technological […]

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Department of Education announces income guidelines for free and reduced lunch

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As the school year ramps for students around the state, the Department of Education has announced the guidelines for free and reduced lunch. It’s part of the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs. Students whose families qualify under federal guidelines may receive free or reduced price meals […]

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High school diploma changes approved

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved proposed changes to Indiana’s high school diploma requirements on Thursday. “The new diploma requirements are more academically challenging and set clearer expectations for college and career readiness,” said Teresa Lubbers, Indiana commissioner for higher education. “Our goal is for all students to be […]

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Education study committee says $4 million is needed for special ed.

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— The Interim Study Committee on Education discussed expanding funding for special education in schools on Tuesday afternoon and the group said it would take about $4 million to do it right. “A handful of kids, which kind of fall through the cracks that are in preschool that are categorized as […]

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ISTEP+ scoring problems brought to light during Board of Education meeting

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — ISTEP+ scores and school accountability grades could be delayed after officials discovered problems with the way tests were being scored. The State Board of Education heard from the Department of Education and ISTEP+ assessment vendor CTB/McGraw Hill on Wednesday during the regularly scheduled August meeting. “We need to add […]

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Charter school grant and loan details announced

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Board of Education released details of the Charter School Grant and Loan Program that will award an estimated $10.75 million to charter schools. “The best opportunity we can give Hoosiers is a strong education, which leads to a brighter future,” Pence said. “Public charter schools are critical to expanding […]

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State Board of Education schedules community conversations for three failing schools

Staff Report TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Board of Education announced Monday the scheduling of community conversations for three schools that have received failing accountability grades for five consecutive years. State law requires the board to hold public hearings at each school to hear from the community and school leaders about how to help […]

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Salem elementary school to get a tornado safe room thanks to $1.6M grant

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– An elementary school in Salem is getting ready for a major addition to its campus – one that is intended to make the area a safer place for students, teachers and staff. On Friday Salem Community Schools was awarded a federal grant of nearly $1.6 million for the construction of […]

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Feds approve Indiana’s NCLB waiver for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have granted the state a three-year waiver that frees Indiana schools from some of the requirements of the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. The approval comes about 18 months after federal officials had expressed some concerns about the way the state was monitoring troubled schools and […]

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Students to gain a better idea of student loan debt

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Colleges and universities now have new tools to help them meet the requirements of the “truth in borrowing” legislation signed into law. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has provided guidance and templates designed to give Hoosier students a clearer picture of where they will stand financially upon graduation. The […]

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