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Student journalist protections advance in the Senate

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would protect student journalists’ freedom of speech and press rights is on its way to the Senate floor with a few key changes. The bill’s author, Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said House Bill 1130 would not allow schools or school corporations to suppress school sponsored […]

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Public forums portion of school prayer bill removed

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aiming to protect students’ religious freedom in schools continues to move forward without one of its major components. House Bill 1024 allows students to express their religious beliefs in homework, artwork, clothing without fear of discrimination from their peers, teachers or administrators. The bill’s author, Rep. John […]

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STEM students will compete for statewide honors

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new competition is seeking the top four high school students in science, technology, engineering and math in Indiana. Gov. Eric Holcomb and Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick announced the competition to recognize the top STEM students who go above and beyond in demonstrating innovation and entrepreneurship. […]

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FAFSA college financial aid deadline extended to April 15

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is extending the Free Application for Federal Student Aid deadline for college students to April 15 because of issues with one of the application’s tools. The extension comes after recent issues with a federal data retrieval tool that complicated the process for students and families attempting to submit […]

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Stripped-down pre-K bill advances in Senate committee

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers stripped a pre-kindergarten bill of its original language Wednesday, removing a provision for school vouchers and providing fewer dollars to expand the state’s pre-K pilot program. In its previous form, House Bill 1004 would not only expand the state’s On My Way Pre-K pilot program, but also allow […]

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Bill protects schools that provide emergency medication

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill moving through the Statehouse would protect school employees from liability if they administer life-saving medications to their students. Senate Bill 392 was heard by the House Education Committee Thursday and it would allow schools to provide, store and fill epinephrine, albuterol and naloxone, which are used in […]

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Pre-K debate continues in Senate committee

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s On My Way Pre-K pilot program could soon be expanded to more counties, making early education opportunities available to more low-income students in the state. While lawmakers are still at odds over how much money the state’s pre-K program should receive over the next two years, Rep. Bob […]

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Indianapolis mayor, first graders celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Mayor Joe Hogsett immersed himself in the world of Dr. Seuss as he read one of Seuss’ famous books and shared actual green eggs and ham with a first grade class Monday. Global Preparatory Academy celebrated Dr. Seuss’ 113th birthday with Hogsett as he went to multiple classrooms and […]

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‘Sanctuary campus’ bill passes Senate after debate

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana colleges could soon see changes to what they are required to disclose with the government through one Republican lawmaker’s bill. Indianapolis Republican Sen. Michael Young’s legislation is an addition to a law, which took effect in 2011, that prohibits sanctuary cities — cities that said they will not […]

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Program dedicated to help Hoosier students celebrates 10th anniversary

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sixty junior and senior high school students wearing blue shirts gathered at the Statehouse in honor of the 10th anniversary of Indiana’s Jobs for America Graduates program. “JAG, paired with the best specialists in the world, make children feel that they mean something in this world and that there […]

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