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Low pay, endless paperwork put pressure on teachers

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Jeremy Noren loved teaching, but the added hours of outside work, the increased paperwork created by constantly changing academic standards and a salary that has fallen behind were the final straws. After 13 and a half years teaching English at Decatur Central High School, Noren left in 2017 to […]

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Four Indiana Students Receive Governor’s STEM Team Honors

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Annie Ostojic already has an impressive resume: Named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy list, The Best Schools 50 Smartest Teens list, and holds patents for creating a microwave that saved energy and for creating a battery charger that takes indoor light and recycles it. All at the age of […]

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School safety training commences with focus on mental, social-emotional health

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — As more than 1,000 stakeholders from education communities in Indiana visited Indianapolis for two days of advanced school safety training, the state’s top education leader said Monday schools need to focus as much on student mental health as they do on restricting access to school buildings. “It’s going to […]

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New STEM-certified schools recognized

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education has increased the number of STEM-certified schools, a designation that recognizes a school’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and math programs.  “An education built upon science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is vital for academic success and life beyond high school,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction […]

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Budget finalized in last hours of legislative session, Democrats say Indiana deserves more

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Edging into the late evening Wednesday and ending in party-line votes, lawmakers approved Indiana’s next two-year budget, totaling $34.6 billion for dozens of state-funded programs. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said Wednesday afternoon lawmakers were ready to put the issue to rest and anticipated few changes after a conference committee published […]

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GOP leaders, school administrators praise updated budget

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The latest version of the state’s biennial budget boasts $763 million in new money to be spent on K-12 education, a sign that, to some public officials, the end is in sight for this session’s contentious budget debate.   “As we’re working on these short-term, immediate needs, we’re simultaneously working on […]

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‘We can do better’: Teachers ask lawmakers to pay attention to public education

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In a sea of people dressed in red chanting “Red for Ed,” Indiana teachers and the state’s top educator sent a message to lawmakers to respect public education. Jennifer McCormick, the state superintendent of public instruction, was greeted by cheers and a standing ovation from the educators at the […]

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Senate passes its version of budget, education bills

By Emily Ketterer, Bryan Wells and Victoria Ratcliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate wrapped up final voting on a number of House bills Tuesday including the two-year state budget, education legislation and gun-related bills. The Senate passed its version of the budget 40-8, which differs in some funding compared to the House budget. This version […]

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Senate Republicans alter funding for DCS, K-12 schools in new state budget

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — Senate Republicans unveiled their version of the two-year state budget Thursday, embedding several changes to much-debated funding topics like teacher pay, child services and infrastructure. Though total expenditures remain the same at $34.6 billion, the state is on track to end the next biennium with $2.2 billion in […]

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Youth in foster care struggle to keep up in school, study finds

By Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Joshua Christian attended four different high schools while in the foster care system and none of the credits transferred from one school to the next, leaving him surprised that he was able to graduate on time. Christian, 21, of Indianapolis, was at the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday as results of Indiana’s […]

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