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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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State wants colleges to take part in satisfaction survey

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has invited every public and private college in the state to take part in the nation’s first statewide Gallup-Indiana survey of undergraduate satisfaction. ”The benefits of a college degree extend beyond economic factors, but those benefits can be more difficult to measure: job […]

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New A-F grading criteria for schools approved by state

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The State of Indiana has given the final approval to the new A-F accountability rule for schools. The new rule will base the grade rating for schools on performance and growth weighed equally. Performance and growth will be weighed 50/50 in grades 3-8 and 20/20 in high schools. High schools […]

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Education board considers ‘hold harmless’ pause in school grading system

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials debated Wednesday whether to pause the state’s A-F grading for one year in anticipation of lower scores that are expected to come after changes in standards and testing this year. But the State Board of Education wants to ensure that won’t conflict with state law. So […]

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New law: National Guard members eligible for tuition grants regardless of residence

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New law: National Guard members eligible for tuition grants regardless of residence

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Any member of the Hoosier National Guard will qualify for the state’s National Guard Supplemental Tuition grant no matter his or her state of residence beginning on July 1. “Most of our armories are close to the border like Terre Haute and Evansville. This means we have a lot of […]

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Report: Students who take career readiness classes more likely to graduate

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students earning at least six credits geared toward career readiness are more likely to graduate and earn higher ISTEP scores. That’s according to a 2015 Indiana Career Readiness Report released Tuesday. “As superintendent, I have made it a priority to ensure that all students are afforded diverse pathways to personalize […]

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Virtual charter school shuttered over financial, management issues

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Trine University board will shut down the online-only school it chartered three years ago due to management and academic problems, leaving more than 1,100 Hoosier students from across Indiana to find a new place to attend classes. The parents of Indiana Cyber Charter School students were notified Wednesday […]

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