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Race to replace Pence heats up at the convention

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com CLEVELAND — Officially, the Indiana Republican Party will select Gov. Mike Pence’s replacement on the ballot next week, but unofficially, the race is being discussed at the national convention. The majority of the committee that will select the next Republican candidate for governor attended the Republican National Convention this week, where […]

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O’Brien stepping down from SBOE

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education is preparing for a change in its makeup. Sarah O’Brien, vice-chair for the board, will be stepping down after the next meeting on August 10. O’Brien said she will be focusing her attention on addressing the care of her daughter who has had a variety […]

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30 laws in 30 days: Students completing core Spanish classes to have designation on transcript

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students who complete a minimum core group of Spanish classes in high school will soon have something to show for it. House Bill 1209, signed into law earlier this year, outlines a core of Spanish class requirements for high school students. Upon successful completion of the courses, students will […]

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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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