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Governor’s debate inspires students to engage in politics

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Turning 18 years old brings with it many new freedoms with one of the most powerful being the ability to vote. However, many young adults don’t vote. Tuesday’s governor’s debate aimed to change that. Democrat John Gregg, Libertarian Rex Bell and Republican Eric Holcomb debate education issues at Lawrence […]

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Calm debate highlights similarities in governor’s race

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The first debate between the three candidates for governor ended up showing off the similarities between Democrat John Gregg, Republican Eric Holcomb and Libertarian Rex Bell rather than the differences. As they spoke before an audience of students, teachers and administrators at Lawrence North High School Tuesday, the candidates were […]

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U.S. Senate candidates to debate on Oct. 18

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The candidates running for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat will meet in a debate on Oct. 18, according to the Indiana Debate Commission. The debate will be held at 7 p.m. and broadcast live from a WFYI TV studio. Democrat Evan Bayh, Libertarian Lucy Brenton and Republican Todd Young […]

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State superintendent candidate McCormick hesitant to support universal pre-K

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Despite the growing push for universal pre-K, Republican candidate for state superintendent of public instruction Jennifer McCormick is not ready to support the idea. McCormick, the current superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools, revealed her hesitancy to launch a universal pre-K program in her plan for the Indiana Department of […]

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State asks parents, advocates to weigh in on new education law

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A school’s accountability grade is more than a letter on the page for Cesar Roman. For the Indianapolis parent of five children, that A or F is an indicator of the teacher-student-parent partnership and level of academic education a school has to offer. Roman addressed the A-F school accountability ratings at […]

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Republican delegation wants GI Bill benefits returned to ITT Tech students

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Six of Indiana’s U.S. representatives filed legislation Tuesday to help veterans regain their GI Bill education benefits after the closure of ITT Technical Institute. Carmel-based ITT Tech shut down all of its campuses on Sept. 6, leaving more than 1,000 Hoosier students without degrees. While current federal law allows students […]

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VA unable to reinstate GI Bill benefits for ITT students

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence wants the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to reinstate GI Benefits for students who enrolled in ITT Technical Institute, but that may not be legally possible. Carmel-based ITT shut down all of its campuses on Sept. 6 in the wake of the U.S. Department of Education’s […]

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With ITT credit transfers unlikely, Ivy Tech looks to help

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech is looking for ways to assist ITT Technical Institute students who are trying to salvage their degrees. Carmel-based ITT shut down all of its campuses Tuesday in the wake of the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to ban the school from enrolling students who rely on federal […]

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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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