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Indiana’s schools show improvement in 2017-18

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Nearly one in four Indiana schools showed improvement in the 2017-18 academic year over the prior year, the Indiana Department of Education reported Wednesday. IDOE released its school accountability grades that also showed nearly two out of three schools throughout the state scored an A or B letter grade on the […]

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Senate candidates stick to script on final debate

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With Election Day a week away, the three candidates for the Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat met on-stage for the second and final debate Tuesday at Newfields. The three candidates continued to follow the scripts crafted in endless television ads and in the prior debate. Incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly emphasized […]

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Education and treasurer’s office team on financial video for students

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick is partnering with state Treasurer Kelly Mitchell on a video aimed at helping Hoosier teachers and families increase students’ financial awareness. Through a partnership among the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan and the Indiana Treasurer of State’s office, “Right on the […]

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ISTEP scores out and show few gains

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — The wait for parents, students and teachers to see the spring 2018 ISTEP+ test results finally ended Wednesday.   The Indiana Department of Education postponed the planned release of the results in early September because two issues with the test were discovered.   IDOE wanted to wait until the issues were […]

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McCormick wants LGBTQ safeguards for vouchers

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The State Superintendent of Public Instruction said Monday she wants an inclusive K-12 environment for every school that receives public dollars via vouchers. “This is one that we feel is very important,” McCormick said. “We don’t think any school that takes public dollars should be excluding any of our […]

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FAFSA now open, but with changes

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Monday, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education announced that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – FASFA – is now open for the 2019-2020 school year until April 15, 2019. But there have been a few changes made in comparison to years past. The state currently has more […]

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McCormick not seeking re-election in 2020

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick said she will not seek re-election in 2020. While McCormick declared that student learning, school improvement and operational effectiveness will be her office’s priorities in 2019, it was her surprise announcement that dominated Monday’s media availability. “I still have a passion […]

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Indiana schools get a second chance to get hand-held metal detectors

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Safety continues to be a major priority in the state after a shooting at a Noblesville school last May. The Indiana Department of Administration, with the support of Gov. Eric Holcomb, announced the second opportunity for Indiana schools to order handheld metal detectors. The metal detectors will be state-funded. The […]

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AARP poll shows close race between Donnelly, Braun

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly holds a slight lead over his Republican rival Mike Braun in a poll of Hoosiers over age 50 conducted by the AARP, the organization announced Wednesday. The poll, conducted from Aug. 17 to Aug. 28, showed that 38 percent of voters said they would vote for Donnelly […]

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ISTEP+ scores kept sealed, reporting issues with test

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Parents, students and teachers awaiting the results of the spring 2018 ISTEP+ tests will have to wait a little bit longer. The Indiana Department of Education released a statement Thursday saying it will not be presenting ISTEP+ results as planned at the Sept. 5 meeting of the State Board of Education. […]

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