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Recounts approved in two primary races

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some Indiana candidates will have to wait a bit longer to learn whether they’ll be on the ballot for this November’s general election. The Indiana State Recount Commission held a hearing Thursday morning to discuss recount petitions that were filed after the Indiana primary on May 3. Under Indiana […]

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Panel begins search for ISTEP alternatives

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The road to finding an alternative to the state’s controversial ISTEP test has officially begun. The 23-person panel tasked with finding an alternative to the standardized exam met for the first time Tuesday. The group was asked to propose new testing approaches that will reduce testing time, reduce the […]

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Former Lt. Gov. Ellspermann named as Ivy Tech’s new president

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The board of Indiana’s community college system announced Wednesday the appointment of former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann as Ivy Tech’s new president. Ellspermann, who resigned from Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s administration in March after a reported rift between them, was viewed as the top candidate to replace the school’s […]

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The fight to stop brain drain in Indiana

By Dyala Akermawi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is in jeopardy of losing population and aging as an effect of brain drain, but state leaders are determined to keep Indiana’s young and brightest from leaving the state. “Brain drain is when we have younger generations that—because of better opportunities or other issues in their lives—they stay […]

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Department of Education adds to certified school safety personnel

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 450 new School Safety Specialists received certifications Monday from The Indiana Department of Education and Indiana School Safety Academy. “Every child in Indiana deserves to attend a school with a safe and secure learning environment,” Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said in a press release. […]

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Taking flight: Indiana’s role in the future of space exploration

By Ian Mullen TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is a quiet contributor to the aerospace industry, but as the landscape becomes worldwide, the state has a choice to make. “What people don’t realize is how much of the space program actually does come from Indiana,” said Dan Dumbacher, professor of practice at Purdue University’s School of […]

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Bathroom guidelines for transgender students leave Pence, Ritz at odds

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence Friday said the federal government has “no business” in mandating all public schools allow transgender students to use bathrooms based on their gender identity. “I have long believed that education is a state and local function,” Pence said in a statement. “Policies regarding the security and privacy […]

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Major Salesforce expansion tied to RFRA fix

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Salesforce, one of the top technology employers in the state, plans to add 800 jobs in Indianapolis by 2021. The company also plans to move into Chase Tower and rename it Salesforce Tower. “I want to say to the Salesforce of today and tomorrow across central Indiana—this is really […]

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21st Century Scholars Program named after Bayh

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has signed an executive order to change the name of the 21st Century Scholarship Program to honor former Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh. The program will now be called the Evan Bayh 21st Century Scholars Program. Bayh, who served as the 46th governor of Indiana from 1989-1997, made […]

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Panel to replace ISTEP complete

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The search for ISTEP’s replacement can now begin. Gov. Mike Pence and House Speaker Brian Bosma announced their appointments Friday, completing the panel tasked with replacing the standardized test. A state law that passed this year ends ISTEP after the 2017 school year. The legislature has tasked a review panel […]

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