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Feds extend pre-K funding deadline but Pence still says no

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he still won’t apply for up to $80 million in preschool funding – despite an extended federal deadline and calls from several education officials. Pence said he stands by a decision he made last week not to seek the grant funding, which could have […]

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Pence won’t seek federal dollars to expand pre-K

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has opted to end Indiana’s bid for up to $80 million in federal pre-kindergarten funding, a move that appeases some conservatives as he mulls a 2016 presidential run. Pence says he’s concerned about strings attached to the money. But Democrats complained Thursday that the Republican governor […]

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Education board postpones vote on A-F grades for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to delay approving letter grades for schools because members said they were unsure about the underlying data. The decision came after two school administrators complained about the appeals process for their grades and board members learned that the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency […]

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House GOP wants to rewrite school funding formula

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Republicans say they will work in 2015 to boost money for public schools and rewrite the formula that distributes those dollars to try to reduce the gap between the state’s highest and lowest funded districts. The move could mean a shift in funding from some of the state’s […]

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Business, philanthropic leaders urge expansion of preschool pilot program

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers should act quickly to expand a preschool pilot program – one that’s not even yet underway – when they meet for their budget-writing session next year, business and nonprofit leaders said Monday. “We simply can’t afford to let this session be one of inaction,” said Connie Bond Stuart, […]

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Board weighs options for new A-F grading scale

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Education officials wrestled Wednesday over how to measure student improvement and how that development should be factored into the state’s next A-F school grading scale. Members of the State Board of Education made no final decisions, saying they need more time to tweak a recommendation from an A-F panel that […]

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Tippecanoe woman who is blind wins Teacher of the Year award

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A high school English teacher in Tippecanoe County who went blind in her youth has been named the state’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. Kathy Nimmer, who has been teaching for 22 years at Harrison High School, received the award at a Tuesday ceremony. “I am incredibly excited to honor […]

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Colts join effort to fight prescription drug abuse among teens

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – High schools across the state have the chance to win $5,000 and a pep rally from the Colts by taking a pledge not to abuse and share prescription drugs. The school with the highest percentage of pledges wins. The pledge contest – which runs through Oct. 22 – is […]

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Pre-K pilot program representatives meet to discuss best practices

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Representatives from the five selected counties for the state’s pre-kindergarten pilot program met for the first time Wednesday to share innovative work and best practices to improve early education. “I am profoundly grateful for the efforts of these local stakeholders who, along with the state, are staunchly committed to providing […]

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Ed board settles public access lawsuit

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education has settled a lawsuit with four people who sued over public access issues, with the state agreeing to pay them $15,500 in attorney fees to drop the case. Ed Eiler, Tony Lux, Julie Hollingsworth and Catherine Fuentes-Rohwer sued the board in December 2013, claiming […]

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