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Superintendent bill overcomes major overhaul, Senate rules

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would remove the state’s education chief position from Indiana ballots passed through one more major hurdle Tuesday. House Bill 1005, authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, originally called for the elected-position of superintendent of public instruction to be replaced by a governor-appointed secretary of education […]

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Indy tech firm grows with app connecting students with colleges

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An app that connects college students with their schools and the surrounding community has translated into big growth for a local technology company. ClearScholar, a student engagement platform, was founded last year and originally had 11 full-time associates. On Wednesday, the company announced that it is expanding by moving […]

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Fear keeps students quiet about learning disabilities

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As a teenager with a learning disability, Hannah Harding relied heavily on teachers to help guide her through school. But now as a college student, she’s on her own.  Harding was diagnosed with a nonverbal learning disability in middle school, after years of struggling in the classroom. “I would […]

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Senate committee votes to appoint, not elect state’s chief educator

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has moved one step closer to making the superintendent for public instruction an appointed rather than an elected position. The Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee voted 8-4 Monday to advance legislation that would give the governor the power to appoint the state’s top educator in 2025. Senate […]

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Student journalist protections advance in the Senate

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would protect student journalists’ freedom of speech and press rights is on its way to the Senate floor with a few key changes. The bill’s author, Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said House Bill 1130 would not allow schools or school corporations to suppress school sponsored […]

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Public forums portion of school prayer bill removed

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aiming to protect students’ religious freedom in schools continues to move forward without one of its major components. House Bill 1024 allows students to express their religious beliefs in homework, artwork, clothing without fear of discrimination from their peers, teachers or administrators. The bill’s author, Rep. John […]

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STEM students will compete for statewide honors

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new competition is seeking the top four high school students in science, technology, engineering and math in Indiana. Gov. Eric Holcomb and Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick announced the competition to recognize the top STEM students who go above and beyond in demonstrating innovation and entrepreneurship. […]

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FAFSA college financial aid deadline extended to April 15

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is extending the Free Application for Federal Student Aid deadline for college students to April 15 because of issues with one of the application’s tools. The extension comes after recent issues with a federal data retrieval tool that complicated the process for students and families attempting to submit […]

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Stripped-down pre-K bill advances in Senate committee

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers stripped a pre-kindergarten bill of its original language Wednesday, removing a provision for school vouchers and providing fewer dollars to expand the state’s pre-K pilot program. In its previous form, House Bill 1004 would not only expand the state’s On My Way Pre-K pilot program, but also allow […]

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Bill protects schools that provide emergency medication

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill moving through the Statehouse would protect school employees from liability if they administer life-saving medications to their students. Senate Bill 392 was heard by the House Education Committee Thursday and it would allow schools to provide, store and fill epinephrine, albuterol and naloxone, which are used in […]

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