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Want to throw a chair at IU’s Assembly Hall? Try this game

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— No Indiana University basketball coach has ever recreated coach Bobby Knight’s infamous act of throwing a chair across Assembly Hall. But thanks to one Indiana University senior, lawmakers got that opportunity Tuesday at the Statehouse. Katherine Onofrey created a virtual reality (VR) program that puts players at center court in […]

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School principals, Department of Education fight student journalist bill

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Language from a bill that would have protected the rights of student journalists has been inserted into another education bill working its way through the Statehouse. Previously known as House Bill 1130, the protections for students journalists bill would have prohibited public schools and school corporations from disciplining student […]

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Suicide awareness training bill passes to governor unanimously

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill requiring teachers and staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness is headed to the governor. The latest version of House Bill 1430 combines its contents with Senate Bill 506, which creates more extensive suicide training requirements than […]

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School prayer bill heading to governor’s desk

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — A bill extending religious expression rights in schools is headed to the governor’s desk, despite concerns of the legislation stepping on or merely repeating First Amendment rights. Although House Bill 1024 has several components, in essence, it allows students to express their religious beliefs in homework, artwork, clothing […]

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Legislators working on compromise to new ISTEP replacement

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House and Senate members came together Wednesday to discuss how to develop a more effective replacement for ISTEP. House Bill 1003 would require third through eighth graders to complete a new statewide assessment called ILEARN, which for the next three years would be the same as ISTEP — just […]

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Lawmakers searching for agreement on pre-K expansion

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are still trying to find common ground on how to expand Indiana’s pre-kindergarten pilot program. The pre-K bill, House Bill 1004, is now a stripped-down version of the original House legislation. The legislation deals the state’s publicly funded On My Way Pre-K pilot program, which sends 4-year-olds from […]

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‘Sanctuary campus’ legislation heads to governor’s desk

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana colleges and universities could soon be prohibited from declaring themselves a “sanctuary campus” if Gov. Eric Holcomb signs one Senate bill into law. Indianapolis Republican Sen. Michael Young’s legislation is an addition to a law, which took effect in 2011 that prohibits sanctuary cities. A sanctuary city is one […]

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Department of Education explains concerns about student journalists bill

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com   Editor’s note: TheStatehouseFile.com is a publication of the Pulliam School of Journalism at Franklin College. The Indiana High School Press Association, which lobbied in support for House Bill 1130, is headquartered at Franklin College. INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education is sharing its concerns about a failed House bill that […]

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Student journalists bill killed, but could be resurrected

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: TheStatehouseFile.com is a publication of the Pulliam School of Journalism at Franklin College. The Indiana High School Press Association, which lobbied in support for House Bill 1130, is headquartered at Franklin College. INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate refused to vote on a bill that would protect student journalists’ free speech rights […]

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House and Senate have big differences on budget bill to resolve

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers still have sharp disagreements over taxes and education funding to resolve within the next two weeks before presenting a final biennial budget to Gov. Eric Holcomb. The Senate version of the biennial budget passed the Senate Thursday 39-9. The $32.1 billion budget slashes the House’s proposed $1 cigarette tax […]

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