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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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Lawmaker wants to block public dollars from schools with discriminatory policies

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana lawmaker is attempting to block state dollars from going toward any Indiana school with discriminatory policies after an Indianapolis Catholic high school suspended an employee for her same-sex marriage. Rep. Dan Forestal, D-Indianapolis, submitted language to the Indiana legislature’s drafting officials Wednesday in response to the recent […]

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Governor’s school safety report calls for more mental health resources

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb has released a study on school safety that recommends regular active shooting drills and boosting mental health spending to identify troubled students and enhance services available. “Ensuring every one of our students has a safe place to learn and grow is of the utmost importance,” Holcomb said in a […]

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Foster care support group receives Glick grant

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Connected by 25 has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Glick Fund to support its efforts to improve education outcomes for K-12 youth in foster care. Only 43 percent of foster children in Indiana earn a high school diploma or GED by the time they reach 19. Indiana Connected by […]

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Hand-held metal detectors to be distributed to Indiana schools

By Seth Fleming TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Nearly every public school in Indiana requested a hand-held metal detector to enhance safety in local buildings and everyone who asked for one will get one, Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced. In all, 3,228 will be distributed to school districts through a program unveiled earlier this summer. The program makes available […]

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Hand-held scanners, other safety tools available to schools

By Seth Fleming TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana is making a variety of resources available to improve safety to the state’s schools from supplying hand-held metal detectors to providing on-site shooter training. Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a statement that hand-held metal detectors will be available to any school that wants then at the cost of the state. […]

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State Board of Education approves policy guidance for Graduation Pathways

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Department of Education and Indiana schools will be using newly-approved policy guidance as officials implement Graduation Pathways. Graduation Pathways helps prepare Hoosier graduates for life after high school by providing them with an awareness of career interests and options. The goal is to ensure all graduating Hoosiers have academic, technical, […]

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Protecting their passion: Student journalists face censorship

Despite the national notion of “fake news,” censorship within their own schools and the recent failure of a bill that would’ve protected their First Amendment rights, Indiana high school journalists are determined to make a change and get the story. This is the first of three parts. By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Three days before The […]

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