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GOP plan would help teachers buy school supplies

By Garrett Day TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – If the Indiana House Republican Caucus gets its way in the 2015 session, Hoosier teachers could soon receive extra money to spend on classroom supplies. The proposed tax credit – part of the House Republicans’ legislative agenda – doesn’t yet have a price tag. But a tax credit could […]

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Ritz asks for free textbooks, more money for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz asked lawmakers Thursday for $500 million in additional spending on education during the next two years – including more money for testing as well as free textbooks for all public school students. Most of the new money – more than $334 million – would go […]

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Highly rated teachers to get extra cash in 1,300 schools

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state awarded $30 million to 1,300 schools Thursday that will be used to reward thousands of teachers for high performance. The money is the first distribution under a new teacher performance program that Gov. Mike Pence said he will aim to expand in 2015. “Indiana teachers and schools […]

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Pence to eliminate divisive education agency, ask lawmakers to remove Ritz as state ed board chair

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday he will dissolve a controversial education agency he created last year as part of an effort to “restore trust and harmony” with Democratic Superintendent Glenda Ritz. Pence said he will also ask the General Assembly to let the State Board of Education elect […]

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Ed board wants more authority, money to intervene in failing schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com ‪INDIANAPOLIS – Struggling schools would be subject to takeovers and other interventions after four years of Ds and Fs instead of six years of failing grades under legislative recommendations the State Board of Education made Wednesday. ‪During another tense meeting, members also voted to take control over federal money earmarked for […]

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Pre-K applications now available in Allen, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Families in four of the five counties that are part of a state pre-kindergarten pilot can now sign up to receive a grant for the program. Children eligible for the first phase of the pilot will include 4-year-olds living in Allen, Lake, Marion or Vanderburgh counties who will start […]

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Story & photos: GOP leaders say education funding to be focus of 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican legislative leaders want to restore their credibility among Indiana teachers with proposals they say will mean more money for education and drive more dollars into classrooms and away from administration. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said on the General Assembly’s Organization Day he has assembled a team of […]

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Legislative leaders say fights among education officials are unacceptable

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislative leaders say they remain frustrated at the “dysfunctional” relationship among state education officials and will step in if the sides can’t resolve their differences – soon. On the eve the legislature’s Organization Day for the 2015 session, House Speaker Brian Bosma said he’s concerned enough that he’s thinking […]

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Pilot pre-K enrollment to begin next month; provider apps available now

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Low-income families in five pilot counties could begin enrolling their children in state-funded preschool next month with classes starting in January, state officials said Wednesday. In addition, organizations that want to provide preschool in those counties – Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh – can now apply to be part […]

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More A schools, fewer Fs after education board assigns grades

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More schools received As and fewer had Fs under grades the Indiana State Board of Education assigned Wednesday. In fact, 54 percent of all schools received the state’s highest grade. That’s 9 percentage points higher than last year. About 4 percent of schools received failing grades compared to 5.4 […]

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