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Bill would give teachers more free reign in classrooms, schools

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee on Wednesday debated freedom-to-teach legislation that is meant to give teachers more leadership opportunities while keeping them in the classroom. House Bill 1009, authored by Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, aims to put the best educators in front of more students by eliminating some rules for teachers […]

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Dyslexia training bill for teachers moves to full Senate

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to help teachers better understand dyslexia and catch it early passed the Senate Education and Career Development unanimously. House Bill 1108, authored by Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, provides a definition of dyslexia and requires teachers to be trained to recognize it so students they can put students […]

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Student loan bill moves to Gov. Pence’s desk for signature

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation passed the Senate on Tuesday that would give students accumulating education debt a clearer picture of exactly what they will owe. The bill now moves to Gov. Mike Pence for approval. House Bill 1042, authored by Rep. Casey Cox, R- Fort Wayne, would require postsecondary educational institutions to […]

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Filmmaker criticizes direction of Indiana education policy

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state superintendent of the year told a group of journalism students Friday “there’s no evidence anywhere” that standardized tests, vouchers or charters lead to the best schools. Rocky Killion, who produced a documentary about school reform, said the world’s best school systems have instead “focused on the needs […]

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Bill could help students speed through college in three years

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students could get full access to their financial aid and receive incentives if they get on track to graduate in three years rather than four under legislation considered Wednesday by the Senate Education Committee. House Bill 1231, authored by Rep. Todd Huston, R-Fishers, gives college students incentives to participate […]

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Bill that aims to cut student debt heads to full Senate

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to make students more aware of the debt they’re amassing to pay for college passed the Senate Education Committee unanimously Wednesday and now heads to the full Senate. House Bill 1042 requires that public colleges provide students with an annual report that details a total loan amount […]

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Teacher tax credit heads to Senate Tax Committee

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would gives teachers a $200 tax credit passed one committee on Wednesday but still needs approval from the powerful Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee before it can move to the full chamber. The Senate Education Committee unanimously approved House Bill 1005, which would reimburse teachers […]

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Colleges get grants for efforts to boost college completion

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A dozen Indiana colleges will receive a portion of a $1.8 million grant to help more low-income students graduate from college. The money aims to fund the development or the expansion of programs for 21st Century Scholars and Frank O’Bannon recipients. “Indiana has shifted its focus from making sure more […]

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School officials ask for funding formula changes

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendents from around the state came to a Senate budget subcommittee Tuesday with a similar message: We need your help. For some, that meant more state funding – period. For others, it meant changing the way money is distributed to schools to help urban districts. And to yet others, […]

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FAFSA form for college aid is due at midnight Tuesday

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students have until midnight Tuesday to fill out a financial aid form that will determine how millions of dollars in scholarship and grant money is distributed. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid – called the FAFSA – is used to determine eligibility for not only state and federal awards but […]

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