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Ed board settles public access lawsuit

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education has settled a lawsuit with four people who sued over public access issues, with the state agreeing to pay them $15,500 in attorney fees to drop the case. Ed Eiler, Tony Lux, Julie Hollingsworth and Catherine Fuentes-Rohwer sued the board in December 2013, claiming […]

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Ed board approves controversial teaching permit

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – College grads with a B average could gain a permit to teach in public schools simply by passing tests in their assigned subject areas under new rules approved Wednesday by the State Board of Education. The teachers would be required to complete training on classroom instruction to renew the […]

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Indiana gets NCLB waiver; feds will still monitor teacher evaluations

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Department of Education has extended Indiana’s waiver of some rules imposed by the controversial No Child Left Behind law, despite initial concerns by federal officials that the state wasn’t fulfilling its obligations. The agency removed conditions that had been placed on Indiana’s waiver after a federal inspection […]

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Teachers call for delay on evaluations, school grades based on new ISTEP test

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s largest teachers union wants to push pause on plans to tie next year’s school grades and teacher salaries to a new standardized test that remains under development. The Indiana State Teachers Association is calling on Gov. Mike Pence to “take the lead” in implementing a temporary moratorium […]

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Funding cuts continue for higher education

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Pence administration will continue to make funding cuts to state agencies and universities to pad Indiana’s reserves so the state can function through another potential economic slump, a key official told lawmakers Thursday. State Budget Director Brian Bailey said the public universities could eventually receive all the money […]

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Purdue University will offer 3-year degrees in communications

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue University will offer three-year communications degrees as part of a larger effort to make college more affordable – but that doesn’t mean students will take fewer credits. University President Mitch Daniels picked a proposal from the Brian Lamb School of Communications to offer five majors as three-year degrees. […]

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Ivy Tech to ask state lawmakers for more cash

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Ivy Tech Community College trustees have passed a resolution telling the college’s leaders to ask the Indiana General Assembly and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for additional funding. The money would allow the college to purchase new equipment – including scientific, automotive, robotics, nursing and health sciences, […]

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College students to get one-on-one help under grant program

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state has launched a new initiative designed to increase graduation rates for students enrolled in the popular 21st Century Scholars program. Students at Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana State University and Indiana-Purdue at Indianapolis will be assigned one-on-one coaches to help them through their college careers. The effort […]

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State settlement with testing company tops $3 million in credits, services

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – CTB/McGraw-Hill will provide up to $3.4 million in credits and services to the state and Indiana schools to make up for problems with 2013 ISTEP testing. In an agreement signed last fall but only made public on Wednesday, the company says it will reduce the cost of its next […]

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ISTEP scores up slightly as DOE prepares to change test

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – ISTEP test scores increased again in 2014 – but barely. The Indiana Department of Education released the standardized test scores Friday. The data shows a small increase throughout all subject areas at the statewide level: English/Language Arts: 80.7 percent of Indiana students passed, up from 79.5 percent in 2013. […]

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