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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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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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