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Students rally at the Statehouse for educational choices

By Greg Margason The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – More than 1,000 families, educators, and policymakers from across Indiana flooded into an “Ed Reform Rocks” rally Wednesday to advocate for more freedom for students and more opportunities for Indiana schools. The south atrium of the Statehouse filled with children of all ages. Although they came from […]

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Indiana is among 10 states granted federal education waivers

By Lauren Casey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Obama administration announced Thursday that Indiana is among 10 states granted a waiver of federal education requirements in exchange for implementing changes meant to raise student achievement and boost teacher effectiveness. The waiver means Indiana will be able to use its own system for holding schools […]

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Committee considers Daniels’ credit creep legislation

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that will allow the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to monitor the number of credit hours for new and existing college degree programs. The bill would limit the number of credits a school can require for graduation to […]

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Video & story: Lawmakers consider whether to ban school bus fees

Bill would ban school bus fees from The Statehouse File on Vimeo. By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate education committee heard testimony and then postponed a vote Wednesday on a bill that would ban school corporations from charging fees for bus transportation. Rep. Mike Speedy, R-Indianapolis, said he authored House Bill […]

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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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