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For stressed Hoosier teachers, some free time outside

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For stressed Hoosier teachers, some free time outside

By Claire Castillo TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Spending 20 minutes or more with nature a day can help relieve stress, according to Harvard Health. Cornell found that if college students spend a minimum of 10 minutes in a nature setting, their stress levels decrease within minutes.  So it seems appropriate that Hoosier teachers are being thanked […]

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Grant allows Indiana schools to expand their language programs

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Grant allows Indiana schools to expand their language programs

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Multiple school districts throughout the state have been given funds to help children become immersed in a second language.  This month, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced that 18 school districts are recipients of Dual Language Immersion Program Grants. The grants awarded a total of $425,000 to give school […]

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Diversity directors react to Rokita’s “Parents Bill of Rights”

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Last week, Attorney General Todd Rokita introduced a Parents Bill of Rights, calling for parents to be involved and question employees of their children’s schools —but many view this as an attempt to stop change in Indiana.  “As I’ve traveled throughout the state of Indiana, I’ve heard firsthand the concerns […]

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Millions of dollars given to Indiana schools to recover learning lost during COVID-19

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Millions of dollars given to Indiana schools to recover learning lost during COVID-19

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Schools are taking action helping students to recover the learning they might have lost this academic year due to COVID-19 with $122 million in funding so far.  On May 19, House Enrolled Act 1008 became law, creating the Student Learning Recovery Grant Program. It requires educational institutions to create a […]

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Universities encourage students to get vaccinated amid criticism

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Universities encourage students to get vaccinated amid criticism

By Alexa Shrake TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Facing criticism from Republican state legislators, Indiana University has scaled back its COVID-19 vaccine mandate to students and staff.  IU is still requiring vaccinations for students and employees but is no longer requiring documentation of it.  Nineteen Republican representatives signed a letter to Gov. Eric Holcomb urging him to stop IU […]

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Some lawmakers concerned about universities mandating COVID-19 vaccines

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Some lawmakers concerned about universities mandating COVID-19 vaccines

By Alexa Shrake  TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Attorney General Todd Rokita is concerned with the legality of Indiana University’s newly announced vaccination policy, and he is joined by several House Republicans. Nineteen signed a letter urging Gov. Eric Holcomb to stop universities from requiring students and staff to be vaccinated. Indiana University announced May 21 it will be […]

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House passes bills benefiting schools, medical patients and more

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House passes bills benefiting schools, medical patients and more

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS— The Indiana House unanimously concurred on all of the Senate’s amendments on bills that would allow schools to purchase food from their students’ agriculture projects and require health care practitioners to better explain what their patients are paying for when they seek care. All bills had minor changes to […]

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Bills about abortion, student learning recovery and judicial selection are now up for the governor to sign into law

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Bills about abortion, student learning recovery and judicial selection are now up for the governor to sign into law

By Hope Shrum TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Bills regarding abortion, student learning recovery and judicial selection passed through the Indiana House Wednesday after changes made to the bills in the Senate were approved. The House was scheduled to read six bills for concurrence, but it only read three, all of which passed, moving to the governor to be […]

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Senate Republicans propose changes to state budget, including reduced spending on school vouchers

By Hope Shrum TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—An amendment to the state budget bill from Indiana Senate Republicans proposed scaling back funding for the private school voucher program and increasing funding for public K-12 schools. The state budget—House Bill 1001—unanimously passed through the Senate Committee on Appropriations Thursday after the Republicans’ amendment passed. Senate Democrats proposed several amendments […]

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Hoosiers react to vaccine eligibility expansion and mask mandate lift

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Hoosiers react to vaccine eligibility expansion and mask mandate lift

By Hope Shrum TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN, Ind.—With warm temperatures and a shining sun in central Indiana, some Hoosiers were in good spirits not only because of the weather but because they will soon be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Gov. Eric Holcomb announced to the state Tuesday that Hoosiers 16 and older will be able […]

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