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Special Olympics bus bill passes Senate

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Thursday passed House Bill 1507 that will allow Special Olympics organizations to use school buses for transportation to their events. The bill was introduced because the Porter County Special Olympics program was using the Valparaiso School District buses to transport children. However, an insurance company determined that […]

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Attempts to amend school chief bill fail

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two Democrats tried to alter a bill that would make the Superintendent of Public Instruction an appointed position but both amendments failed in the House Thursday. House Bill 1005, authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, would eliminate the position the position of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in […]

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Student journalists protection bill passes committee unanimously

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If a bill that would protect student journalists and their media advisors from censorship by school administrators had been in law 13 years ago, one Hoosier teacher might not have lost his job. Chad Tuley served as the student newspaper advisor for the Franklin Central High School student paper […]

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Suicide awareness training bill passes House by unanimous vote

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all teachers and other staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness passed through the House with a unanimous vote 93-0. Author of the bill, Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Merrilville, asked her fellow lawmakers to vote […]

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ISTEP replacement bill passes House committee

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to replace the ISTEP exam with a new test called ILEARN passed out of the House Education Committee by a 10-2 margin. Author of House Bill 1003, Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, said he believes ISTEP has been a failure and that it is important to find an […]

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ILEARN could be one step closer to classrooms

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A new test could hit Indiana classrooms in 2018, replacing the current ISTEP test program. ILEARN, which stands for Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network, would take ISTEP’s place, and is what Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, is calling an alternative approach. Through House Bill 1003, authored by Behning, students […]

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Youth suicide training bill moves forward after change to frequency

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill requiring teachers and other staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness passed committee unanimously Tuesday. Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Merrilville, who authored House Bill 1430, met with the Department of Education after education committee members voiced their concerns […]

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Superintendent of public instruction may become appointed position

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The elected position of the Superintendent of Public Instruction could soon be off Indiana ballots. Senate Bill 179, authored by Sen. James Buck, R-Kokomo, looks to make the job a governor-appointed position. “Senate Bill 179 is not a new subject, it’s been around that I’m aware of for about […]

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Mother who lost daughter supports youth suicide training in schools

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —  On a rainy night in May 2012, Lana Swoape came home to find her daughter’s body. Just two weeks shy of her 16th birthday, Swoape’s daughter Tori had used a scarf to hang herself using her bedroom doorknob. “I blame myself. I was with her every day,” she said. […]

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Advocates rally for expanded pre-K pilot program

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – People from across Indiana rallied for expansion of preschool education for low-income children on Wednesday before lawmakers considered a bill to increase funds for that program. “We need to do all we can because success really does start early with our kids,” Travis Holdman, R-Markle, said at the rally. […]

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