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Free financial literacy class launched by Ivy Tech and Hoosier Lottery

By Alec Gray                                                                                                         […]

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Bill to require civics test for graduation gets an F – for fail

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The Senate defeated a bill on Tuesday that would have required Indiana high school students to pass a 100-question civics test to graduate. The bill’s author, Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, said the test would have included the same questions that immigrants have to pass to gain citizenship and that high […]

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Lubbers: Students need more internships, real-world experiences

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers encouraged state colleges to incorporate more internship opportunities and work-based experiences into their degree programs. In her third State of Higher Education Address, the former state senator said she wants to connect college students to careers – and internships are a good way […]

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Voucher participation up significantly – again

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 10,000 additional Hoosier students are using vouchers through the state-funded Choice Scholarship Program in the 2014-2015 school year, according to a report released by the State Department of Education. The jump in student participation reflects a 47 percent, one-year increase and a total growth of 298 percent since […]

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Governor signs fast-tracked bill to shorten ISTEP exam

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Monday to reduce the time students will spend taking the ISTEP test that begins this week – just hours after the House and Senate approved the legislation unanimously. “Hoosier students, teachers and parents can breathe easier now that this year’s ISTEP […]

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Concussion training, awareness bill heads to House

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation that would expand the reach of concussion awareness, diagnosis, and treatment in student athletes passed the Senate on Thursday. Under current law, high school athletes who are suspected of suffering a concussion are required to sit out of practice or games until they are cleared by a health […]

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Budget bill shifts money among schools, moves to full House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans pushed a two-year, $31.4 billion budget out of a House committee Wednesday despite complaints from Democrats that it robs money from urban and rural school districts to increase funding for suburban ones. The spending plan boosts overall K-12 school funding by 4.7 percent through two years but changes […]

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Legislation would identify students who need help before college

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Education committee passed an amended bill on Tuesday designed to better prepare students for higher education. The bill now moves to the full House for consideration. House Bill 1637, authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, calls for a process that allows high schools to determine if […]

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Ritz would lose post as board chair under bill passed by Senate

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a controversial bill Tuesday that removes state Superintendent Glenda Ritz as the chair of the State Board of Education and give its members the ability to elect their own leader. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, would end an arrangement unique to Indiana […]

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Teacher tax credit bill passes Indiana House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Teachers would receive a $200 tax credit toward the purchase of supplies for their classrooms under legislation the Indiana House approved Tuesday. House Bill 1005 now moves to the Senate for consideration. The bill’s author, Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, said teachers are in the classroom for the joy of […]

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