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Lawmakers to consider changes to voucher law

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Two senators are seeking to change the voucher program that allows low-income families to send their children to private schools. Currently, students must attend a public school for two semesters before transferring to a private school on a voucher. However, Senate Bill 198 would eliminate that requirement. […]

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Schools couldn’t charge for busing under bill passed by committee

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House Education Committee approved a bill unanimously on Monday that would ban school corporations for charging fees for bus transportation. Rep. Mike Speedy, R-Indianapolis, said he authored House Bill 1134 in response to the transportation issues in Franklin Township Schools in Indianapolis. But he said it […]

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Governor’s ‘credit creep’ bill may remain stalled

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Rhonda Rhoads, R-Corydon, said she has no plans now to amend House Bill 1220 – which is Gov. Mitch Daniels’ bill to try to keep college costs down – despite concerns that led her to pull it from consideration. Rhoads’ bill addressed “credit creep” by allowing […]

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Bill with basketball, cursive and school start date provisions stumbles

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A state senator’s effort to strip single-class basketball and mandatory cursive writing out of his own bill hit a stumbling block Wednesday. Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, had initially folded a wide set of proposals into his annual effort to impose a mandatory school start date. He wanted […]

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Bill would require online classes

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A state Senate panel considered a bill Wednesday that would require all students to take an online class before graduation. It’s an idea that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett is championing. He included it in his “State of Education” speech last year and lists it […]

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Governor’s ‘credit creep’ bill finds trouble in House

By Megan Banta The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — One of Gov. Mitch Daniels’ priorities for the session ran into trouble Tuesday when opposition lead a Republican lawmaker to withdraw the bill just before a vote of the House. Several members of the Indiana House of Representatives expressed concerns during floor debate about House Bill 1220, […]

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DOE hears opposition to proposed system for school A to F grades

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education heard broad opposition to a new system of assigning letter grades to schools during a public hearing Tuesday. The DOE said the plan’s purpose is to hold schools more accountable and provide parents with a better idea of how their children’s schools […]

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Judge upholds Indiana’s voucher law

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A judge has upheld Indiana’s broad private school voucher law, saying the Indiana Constitution does not limit public funding only to public schools. Marion Superior Judge Michael Keele said in a decision released late Friday that the state constitution’s requirement that the General Assembly provide for education […]

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Schools may take attendance twice a year for funds

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House Education Committee Friday unanimously approved a bill that would base school corporations’ funding on two days when attendance is taken instead of just one. Although House Bill 1189 originally called for four counts, or days when attendance is considered for funding, the committee approved an […]

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Universities, lawmakers act to control college costs

By Ellie Price and Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana colleges are working to meet lawmakers’ calls to reduce the cost of tuition and shorten the time required to receive a degree. One school has reduced its fees for students, two are encouraging students to take summer classes and others are considering ways […]

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