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Students can file financial aid forms now

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—FAFSA applications open today and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education is urging Hoosier students to take advantage of the flexible options to file. FAFSA, also known as Free Applications for Federal Student Aid,  can be filled out either on the FAFSA.gov website or on the myStudentAid app any time before next […]

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Police hope tougher penalties deter drivers who passed stopped school buses

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—With a new school year in full swing, Indiana police are hoping that legislation increasing penalties for passing stopped school buses will help drivers be more educated about the rules of the road. “I know as an agency we send educational messages out, we talk to drivers’ ed classes, we even […]

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College application fee waived? Yes please!

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana high school students will be able to apply to select colleges for free next week. As part of College Application Week, 15 Indiana colleges will waive their application fees from Sept. 23 to Sept. 27. This is a step up from last year, when the fee was waived on […]

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Tech executive to seek Democratic nomination for governor

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Josh Owens, CEO of the Indianapolis-based tech firm SupplyKick, on Monday became the second Democrat to get into the race for governor. “I’m running for Governor now because I believe in an Indiana where teachers are paid what they deserve and where all are welcomed, respected and protected,” Owens said […]

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Women returning to school can compete for scholarship

Staff Report TheSatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Political Organization for Women’s Education and Representation—POWER—is offering scholarships to non-traditional women students whose education was delayed or interrupted by events in their lives. Rep. Holli Sullivan, R-Evansville, and Rep. Robin Shackleford, D-Indianapolis, said there is still time to apply for one of at least 18 scholarships, two in each […]

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Commentary: The education of Dr. Jennifer McCormick

By Mary Beth Schneider TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Jennifer McCormick will be Indiana’s last elected superintendent of public instruction – but that doesn’t mean her last election is behind her. In an interview this week, McCormick said she isn’t taking anything off the table, including a run for governor. “I don’t want to be governor today,” […]

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Indiana recognized for advances in computer science education

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana has been recognized as a leader in computer science education, the state Department of Education reported Wednesday. The 2019 State of Computer Science Education report praises Indiana for being only one of three states to increase funding for computer science education in the past year and for implementing nine recommended policies by […]

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Education committee looks for ways to streamline teacher training

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Lawmakers are asking the Indiana Department of Education to assist in the streamlining of mandated training for teachers. The Interim Study Committee on Education met Tuesday to discuss House Enrolled Act 1400, which was enacted by the General Assembly during the last session to look at a range of education-related topics. […]

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Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship applications open now

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Hoosiers interested in becoming teachers have until Nov. 30 to apply for a Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship. “Hoosier students deserve motivated, quality teachers, and this scholarship is designed to attract just that,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “We continue to be encouraged by the commitment of these […]

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Schools see dramatic drop in test scores with ILEARN

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Results from the state’s newest standardized tests show that more than half of all third through eighth graders fell far short of meeting basic skills in math and language arts. The results of the new ILEARN tests, presented Wednesday to the State Board of Education, show that only 47.8% of students […]

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