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Undocumented immigrants could get in-state tuition under bill moving to Senate

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that passed a Senate committee Thursday would allow unauthorized immigrant students living in Indiana to pay in-state tuition. Senate Bill 345, authored by Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, and heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee, allows graduates who went to an Indiana high school for at least three […]

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Bill would strip state superintendent as chair of Board of Ed

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee moved legislation Thursday that would strip the elected state superintendent of her position as chair of the State Board of Education, a move Republicans insist is not political even as every Democrat on the committee voted no. House Bill 1609, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, […]

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Committee moves bill to strip state superintendent of responsibilities

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com      INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would shift significant education responsibilities from the elected state superintendent to the appointed State Board of Education passed 9-4 Thursday along party lines. House Bill 1486, authored by Rep. Jeffery Thompson, R-Lizton, would authorize the board to hire an executive director and staff, approve […]

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Bill would create bilingual certification for high school students

By Levi Lotz TheStatethouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier students could soon be rewarded based on their ability to speak multiple languages. The Senate Education and Career Development Committee heard discussion Wednesday concerning Senate Bill 267, which would allow high school students to be recognized by the state for a proficiency in two or more languages. The […]

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Truant students would be treated differently if bill becomes law

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A proposed bill would mean Indiana schools could have to change the way they deal with truancy. Senate Bill 443, authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, covers a number of different education issues but the focus Wednesday was on how schools should deal with student absences and tardiness. The […]

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Concussion protocol would be required for younger students under legislation

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Some lawmakers are looking to expand the reach of concussion awareness, diagnosis, and treatment in student athletes with a bill that is still under discussion. Under current law, high school athletes who are suspected of suffering a concussion are required to sit out of practice or games until they […]

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Bill would require ethnic history to be taught in state schools

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Elementary students and high schoolers may soon spend more time studying cultural and ethnic history. A bill proposed by Sen. Greg Taylor, D- Indianapolis, would require that all public elementary schools and high schools add cultural and ethnic history subjects to their social studies curriculum. Currently, the subject is […]

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Early results show scholarship changes are pushing students to graduate sooner

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new study of state scholarship recipients shows more are taking and completing 30 credit hours per year, putting them on a path to graduate on time. Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers announced Wednesday that changes the legislature made in the state’s 21st Century Scholars and Frank O’ Bannon […]

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Teachers could get tax break for teacher supplies under bill headed to House

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Educators could receive an unexpected tax credit next year to reimburse, at least partially, the personal money they used to purchase classroom supplies. House Bill 1005, authored by Rep Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, passed the House Education Committee unanimously and is now headed to the full House for consideration. It could […]

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Bill would provide more money to adult high schools

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Adult high schools are one step closer to becoming available to more Hoosiers after a bill that would provide additional funding to the programs passed the Indiana House on Monday. House Bill 1438 would require the Department of Education to distribute funding to adult high schools through the adult […]

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