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How one Indiana preschool is making the most of On My Way Pre-K

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This story is a part of series tracking how money and resources in the state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget and other programs are spent.  INDIANAPOLIS — When the clock strikes eight, Angielena Williams is standing outside her classroom door ready to greet her 20 pre-K students with a hug. “Good […]

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Indiana School for the Blind leaves its mark on the state, nation

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This story is a part of series tracking how money and resources in the state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget and other programs are spent. INDIANAPOLIS – High school senior Jadyn Rudd was born legally blind and was in second grade before her family learned she is deaf in her right […]

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Indiana colleges hold line on tuition increase

Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education has recommended that the state’s public universities and limit tuition increases to no more than 1.4 percent over next two years. Under state statute, the commission has the responsibility of recommending non-binding tuition and mandatory fee targets every two years for each of Indiana’s public […]

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Education chief will be appointed, not elected in eight years

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A decades-long debate over how the state’s top education official should be picked came to an end Thursday. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law which would remove the state superintendent of public instruction post from Indiana ballots. Beginning in 2025, the governor will select a secretary of […]

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Governor signs budget, big road funding initiative into law

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb gave his final approval of the state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget and road funding plans Thursday. “Both these bills are going to transform our state from where we gather today, from this very moment in the people’s house, to where we want to be five, 10, […]

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Replacing ISTEP with ILEARN waits for governor’s approval

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would replace ISTEP with an almost identical test advances to the governor’s desk. Indiana schools will administer its current test for one more year before switching to its replacement, ILEARN, which would be the similar to ISTEP — just shorter and branded with a new name. […]

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Governor gets money he wants for pre-K expansion

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb is getting the additional funding he wanted to expand Indiana’s pre-kindergarten pilot program. The state’s two-year budget allots $22 million, $12 million more than currently given to the state’s publicly funded pre-K programs. Nearly all of that money will go into On My Way Pre-K classrooms, […]

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Bill to protect student journalists officially dies

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Student journalists have no chance of gaining stronger First Amendment rights now that a bill that would have protected them is dead. A student journalists protections bill, previously known as House Bill 1130, would have prohibited public schools and school corporations from punishing student journalists for exercising their freedom […]

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STEM schools recognized by state Department of Education

By Deonta Larkins TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education has recognized 10 schools across the state that have exemplary programs to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). They are among 32 Indiana schools that have received STEM certifications, which means they have gone through a rigorous review process. Their programs demonstrate a […]

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Future school chiefs will be picked by governor, not voters

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House took the final step to make the state’s top education official an appointed position and not an elected one. House Bill 1005, authored by Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, would remove the superintendent of public instruction from Indiana ballots and replace it with a governor-appointed secretary of […]

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