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State’s graduation rate improves; more schools have 90 percent of students graduate in 4 years

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year improved to 87.5 percent, a record-high rate since Indiana began measuring four-year graduation rates in 2005. The rate increased by 1.6 percentage points over last year and 4.3 percentage points over the 2009 rate. 2011 Graduation Rate Breakdown 85.7 […]

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Senate passes bill requiring online classes for high school students

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana public school students will be required to take an online class before graduating under legislation the Senate passed Wednesday. Senate Bill 179 now moves to the House for consideration. Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, said the bill will help students “ultimately be prepared for our workforce.” The […]

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General Assembly moves education measures

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House and Senate passed several education bills on Tuesday, including provisions to make superintendent salaries more transparent, require cursive writing in public schools and allow districts to opt to teach creation and other religiously-based science. House Bill 1205 requires districts to reveal the “exact dollar value” of […]

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Credit creep bill creeps forward

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mitch Daniels’ plan to rein in what he calls “credit creep” at the state’s public universities passed the House on Tuesday. The 60-35 vote that sends House Bill 1220 to the Senate comes after the bill languished on the calendar for two weeks as officials from […]

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Video: One-on-One with Rep. Mike Speedy on school bus fees

Rep. Mike Speedy, R-Indianapolis, has proposed legislation that would prohibit schools from charging fees for busing, even if the service is provided through a third-party nonprofit. Speedy said he was led to introduce the bill because of problems at Franklin Township Schools in Indianapolis, where the district has hired an outside group that is charging […]

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Senate exempts voucher schools from bill requiring cursive instruction

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate amended a bill Friday that would require schools to teach cursive writing by exempting private schools that accept students with state-funded vouchers. Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, offered the amendment, which passed 27-23. Schneider said his goal is to keep the cursive writing requirements consistent with […]

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Senate overhauls creation-science education bill

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate amended a bill Monday that would let school boards decide whether creation science belongs in the classroom in an effort to make the legislation less controversial. SB 89 is now eligible for a vote by the full Senate. Minority Leader Vi Simpson, D-Bloomington, proposed a […]

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Bill would make superintendent salaries more transparent

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House amended a bill Friday that would allow for more transparency of superintendents’ salaries at public districts. Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, authored House Bill 1205 in response to concerns about superintendent pay at Wayne Township Schools in Indianapolis. The bill would require school districts to notify […]

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House passes bill to change enrollment counts for funding

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill Thursday that would change the way the state counts students for funding. House Bill 1189 would base school districts funding off two days of attendance counts. That’s important because students receive funding based on their enrollment. The bill passed 82-14. Previously, funding […]

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Bill would would loosen requirements for school vouchers

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate Education Committee narrowly approved a measure that could change Indiana’s school voucher program. The committee’s 5-4 vote sends Senate Bill 198 to the Appropriations Committee for fiscal analysis. The bill would eliminate the current requirement that students must complete two semesters in public school […]

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