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Department of Education outlines plan to prevent child abuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, is proposing her plan to prevent child abuse in schools. The plan includes additional training for school employees and streamlining the license revocation process. “No student can learn unless they are safe,” Ritz said in a statement. “As a lifelong educator, I know […]

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Textbook tax deduction could level the field for public, private school families

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Public school employees hope a proposed tax deduction could help close the gap between public and private school families. Parents of children enrolled in private schools or homeschooled are already able to deduct up to $1,000 on their taxes for money spent on textbooks, computer software and school supplies. […]

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Ritz: ‘Budgets reflect priorities’

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Education submitted its budget request this week and in part would fund pre-K, increase funds for small schools, increase technology spending and provide a two percent increase each year in tuition support for public schools. “Budgets reflect priorities,” said Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, […]

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Business leaders join the push for statewide pre-K

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The business community is joining the push to expand high-quality pre-K in Indiana. Eli Lilly, Cummins, PNC and other business are forming a coalition with United Way of Central Indiana to work with lawmakers during the 2017 legislative session. “It is our strong belief that high quality early childhood […]

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State Board of Ed elects new vice-chair

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher, Cari Whicker, now serves as the new Indiana State Board of Education Vice-Chair. “It is an incredible honor to be elected as the new Vice-Chair of the Indiana State Board of Education,” said Whicker. “We all serve on this board to do […]

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Ritz: Clinton supports public education

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com PHILADELPHIA — Superintendent for Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, expects Hillary Clinton to change the educational conversation if the Democratic nominee is elected. Being a Democrat, Ritz said she will be supporting Clinton for the presidency and looks forward to the future of public education. “Well, I can tell you what’s it’s […]

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Race to replace Pence heats up at the convention

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com CLEVELAND — Officially, the Indiana Republican Party will select Gov. Mike Pence’s replacement on the ballot next week, but unofficially, the race is being discussed at the national convention. The majority of the committee that will select the next Republican candidate for governor attended the Republican National Convention this week, where […]

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O’Brien stepping down from SBOE

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education is preparing for a change in its makeup. Sarah O’Brien, vice-chair for the board, will be stepping down after the next meeting on August 10. O’Brien said she will be focusing her attention on addressing the care of her daughter who has had a variety […]

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30 laws in 30 days: Students completing core Spanish classes to have designation on transcript

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students who complete a minimum core group of Spanish classes in high school will soon have something to show for it. House Bill 1209, signed into law earlier this year, outlines a core of Spanish class requirements for high school students. Upon successful completion of the courses, students will […]

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Gregg, Ritz detail proposal for statewide pre-K program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Democratic candidate for governor, John Gregg, teamed up Thursday to discuss their vision to establish the first statewide, pre-Kindergarten program in state history. “We know the benefits of early learning, that’s why John Gregg and I are committed to ensuring that every […]

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