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Holcomb signs bill protecting schools from ILEARN penalties

Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb signed legislation Wednesday that will prevent schools from being penalized because of low Indiana Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network (ILEARN) test scores. The new ILEARN test replaced STEP+ and aims to measure student achievement and growth. Students in grades 3-8 are required to take the English/language arts (ELA) and mathematics portion of the test. Students […]

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Filing student aid form would be mandatory under proposed legislation

Haley CarneyTheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS— High school seniors may soon be required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) under Senate Bill 223, which is now before the House Education Committee. The committee met in the House chamber on Wednesday to discuss whether filing the FAFSA form should be mandatory. FAFSA is an […]

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Indiana Commission for Higher Education aims to leave nobody left behind

Haley CarneyTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Jóse Goméz Márquez came to America from Peru in 2003, eventually settling in Indiana with the hope of a better life.  He soon realized he would need more education to realize his dream. Inspired by his children, Marquez pursued his education through the  Next Level Jobs program. He enrolled in a certification program […]

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Bills covering school testing, pharmacies and grandparents advance in House

By Haley CarneyTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A bill to protect schools from being penalized by low test scores heads to the desk of Gov. Eric Holcomb after sailing through the House and Senate. As lawmakers wrap up their work from the first half of the legislative session, these are among the bills that advanced Monday at the Statehouse: […]

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Legislative committees consider health and education bills

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—As the 2020 session of the Indiana General gets closer to the midpoint, committees Wednesday advanced legislation on health issues, including surprise medical bills, and education among others: House Bill 1341: Requires the state to reach out to students with disabilities to inform them of training opportunities. What it does: Graduates of […]

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GOP rejects Senate Democrat attempts to steer dollars to teachers, maternal care

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Senate Democrats tried and failed Tuesday to fund teacher pay and other needs, as Republicans insisted such issues should wait until a new budget is crafted next year. The attempt is the latest by Democrats in the House and Senate to amend House Bill 1007, which allows six university construction […]

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GOP rejects bid by Democrats to give teachers pay bonus now

By Taylor Dixon TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate committee on Thursday rejected the latest Democrat attempts to give teachers a one-time pay bonus this year. Both Sen. Karen Tallian, D-OgdenDunes, and Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, sought to amend House Bill 1007 in the Senate Appropriations Committee to get teachers more money this year, instead of […]

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Court documents provide details of what led to former college president’s arrest

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Franklin College’s former president arranged to meet what he thought was a 15-year old boy at a fast food restaurant in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, saying he was attracted to younger men. Minar used a dating app called Grindr to exchange messages with an undercover police officer whom he understood to be […]

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Senate committee passes school mental health bill

By Madeline Alexander TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Students would get better access to mental health services under a bill approved Tuesday by a Senate committee. Senate Bill 246, which was passed 8-0 by the Senate Homeland Security and Transportation Committee, requires schools to contract with a licensed community health provider that provides mental health services. That agreement […]

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Franklin College president fired after arrest on sex charges

By Victoria Ratliff and Lacey Watt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Franklin College President Thomas Minar was fired after the school’s Board of Trustees learned he had been arrested in Wisconsin on charges connected to using a computer to facilitate a sex crime, child enticement and exposing a child to harmful narrations. James V. Due, president of the Board […]

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