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GOP rejects bid by Democrats to give teachers pay bonus now

By Taylor Dixon TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate committee on Thursday rejected the latest Democrat attempts to give teachers a one-time pay bonus this year. Both Sen. Karen Tallian, D-OgdenDunes, and Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, sought to amend House Bill 1007 in the Senate Appropriations Committee to get teachers more money this year, instead of […]

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Court documents provide details of what led to former college president’s arrest

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Franklin College’s former president arranged to meet what he thought was a 15-year old boy at a fast food restaurant in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, saying he was attracted to younger men. Minar used a dating app called Grindr to exchange messages with an undercover police officer whom he understood to be […]

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Senate committee passes school mental health bill

By Madeline Alexander TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Students would get better access to mental health services under a bill approved Tuesday by a Senate committee. Senate Bill 246, which was passed 8-0 by the Senate Homeland Security and Transportation Committee, requires schools to contract with a licensed community health provider that provides mental health services. That agreement […]

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Franklin College president fired after arrest on sex charges

By Victoria Ratliff and Lacey Watt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Franklin College President Thomas Minar was fired after the school’s Board of Trustees learned he had been arrested in Wisconsin on charges connected to using a computer to facilitate a sex crime, child enticement and exposing a child to harmful narrations. James V. Due, president of the Board […]

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Lawmakers act to shield schools, teachers from standardized test results

By Jesse Crebbe and Kiara Calloway TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Bills that would protect teachers from being evaluated on their students’ standardized test results, as well as temporarily free school districts from being graded on them, are flying through the legislature. On Monday, at the start of the second week of this year’s legislative session, both […]

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Democrats say now, Republicans say no on teacher pay hikes

By Victoria Ratliff and LaMonte Richardson INDIANAPOLIS– From a Senate news conference demanding action to a flurry of House amendments to force votes, Democratic lawmakers pushed Thursday for ways to boost funding for teachers, health care and other priorities. But Republicans who hold supermajorities in the legislature, as well as the governor’s office, urged patience. […]

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Lawmaker wants “In God We Trust” posters in classrooms

By Haley Pritchett TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— For the second year in a row, State Sen. Dennis Kruse is seeking to enact a law requiring the national motto “In God We Trust” to be plastered in large letters of Indiana public schools. Kruse, R-Auburn, told the Senate Education and Career Development Committee Wednesday that it’s important to […]

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Bills to protect schools and teachers from poor student scores advances to the full House

By Jesse Crebbe and Zach Roberts TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The House Education Committee Tuesday advanced legislation that will protect schools and teachers from being penalized because students performed poorly on the state’s new ILEARN standardized tests. House Bill 1001 gives schools, students and teachers time to deal with the changes that came with the new standardized test, […]

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Education issues to dominate legislative session

By Jesse Crebbe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Thousands of teachers didn’t fill the Statehouse hallways Monday, as they did when the legislature held its organizational meeting in November. But the issues they raised then remain the key topics as the Indiana General Assembly kicked off its legislative session. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Senate President […]

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Girls Go CyberStart competition will return to Indiana for third year

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–A national competition designed to encourage girls to pursue cyber-based learning and career opportunities is coming back to Indiana. Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday that the Girls Go CyberStart competition will take place in Indiana for the third year on Jan. 13. The competition, hosted by the SANS Insitute, centers on a […]

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