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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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Bill would let schools teach creation science

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill is headed to the Senate floor that would allow school boards to decide if they want creation science taught in their classrooms. Senate Bill 89 provoked heated opposition as it was considered in the Senate Education and Career Development Committee Wednesday. Among those opposed were […]

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Cursive writing would be required under bill passed by committee

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Education and Career Development Committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would require school districts to teach cursive writing. Senate Bill 83 now moves to the Senate floor for consideration. Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, said she authored the bill after her constituents said cursive should […]

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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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