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New ed board will get new executive director

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A newly appointed State Board of Education will get to choose its own executive director. Robert Guffin, the man currently in the position, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of May after roughly a year in the position. That change comes as the board undergoes changes […]

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Pence signs ed board bill, other education legislation

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed several education bills Thursday that will revamp the State Board of Education, speed up state intervention into failing schools and give teachers more flexibility to experiment in the classroom. “The achievements of this legislative session highlight our commitment to high-quality education, and by passing bills that […]

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New A-F school grading system approved, despite more board infighting

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education approved a new A-F grading system for schools on Thursday, despite the state superintendent’s concerns that the rules have mistakes or ambiguities that will make implementing them difficult. The revamped system is designed to put more emphasis on student improvement – rather than simply […]

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Lawmakers pass bill to leave Ritz as chair, shift some ISTEP power to board

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican lawmakers pulled back slightly Wednesday from a last minute effort to shift more authority away from state Superintendent Glenda Ritz even as they let her remain the chair of the State Board of Education through the end of her current term. With the support of Gov. Mike Pence, […]

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Budget deal means more for schools, charters and teachers

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Most charter schools would get additional money, teachers would get a $100 tax credit and the governor’s regional cities initiative would be funded under a budget compromise the House and Senate reached Tuesday. The $31.3 billion, two-year plan – which should be approved and sent to Gov. Mike Pence […]

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Dyslexia training bill headed to governor for approval

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –A bill to help teachers better understand dyslexia and notice signs of the disorder is now headed to the governor’s desk. The Senate passed House Bill 1108, which was authored by Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, on Monday. The bill provides a definition of dyslexia and requires teachers to be trained […]

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Ritz would keep chair for now, board gets some ISTEP authority under proposed compromise

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz would keep her position as chair of the State Board of Education through the end of her current term under a new proposal lawmakers are considering with just days left in their legislative session. The plan would still give the state board the authority to […]

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Kenley backs off push for ‘off-the-shelf’ student test

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Key lawmakers said Thursday they plan to move forward with a new ISTEP test – at least for the next two years – and then study whether an off-the-shelf exam could be used in the future to save money. Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said he would back off his […]

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Hundreds more seats opening up for pre-K program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds more seats are opening up for low-income children to attend Indiana’s On My Way Pre-K program thanks to grants totally nearly $500,000. Gov. Mike Pence announced the grants on Thursday alongside leaders from the United Way of Central Indiana, Early Learning Indiana and Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out […]

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Move to oust Ritz as ed board chair gets closer to becoming law

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill on Tuesday that gives the State Board of Education the power to elect its chair. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, would end an arrangement unique to Indiana and Oklahoma, which are the only states in which the elected superintendent of […]

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