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Bill would give parents more authority to make school a charter

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Parents could vote to convert traditional schools to charters under a bill an Indiana House committee passed Wednesday. But several lawmakers said they might not vote for House Bill 1219 when it moves to the House floor unless the bill is amended. The bill would convert schools […]

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Senator proposes cursive writing bill

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A state senator is seeking to make sure that Indiana’s elementary school students learn cursive writing after all. Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, has authored Senate Bill 83, which would require school corporations to include cursive writing in their curriculum. It would overturn an Indiana Department of Education […]

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Students may have to take non-traditional classes to graduate

Students may have to take non-traditional classes to graduate

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Students would have to complete a course outside the traditional classroom before graduating from high school, if state schools chief Tony Bennett gets his way. Bennett, Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction, is urging the Indiana General Assembly to require the state’s high schools to have students take […]

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Video: One-on-One with Sen. Jean Leising on cursive writing

Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, has introduced legislation that would require schools to teach cursive writing. The bill is a reaction to the Indiana Board of Education’s decision to remove cursive writing from the state’s standards. Here’s what Leising had to say about her bill: 1-on-1: Sen. Jean Leising on cursive writing from The Statehouse File […]

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For one student, a private school voucher represents new opportunities

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Dayana Vazquez-Buquer was excelling at Greenwood High School and had no interest in transferring elsewhere when her mom first mentioned a new state voucher program meant for families like hers. The vivacious 16-year-old balked. Her friends were at Greenwood. Her grades were good. And as she prepared […]

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Charter board to take testimony on proposed schools

Staff report The Statehouse File The newly-founded Indiana Charter School Board will host hearings through December to get input on applications from groups that want to open new schools. The group – created by a law the General Assembly passed earlier this year – is charged with reviewing and approving new charter school applications. The […]

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Indy law school named for business and civic leader

Staff report The Statehouse File The Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis will be renamed in honor of Indianapolis banker and attorney Robert McKinney, who has donated $24 million to the school, the largest gift it has ever received. IU President Michael McRobbie said Thursday that the school will now be known as the […]

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No Child Left Behind waivers require big changes fast

By Ben Wieder Stateline.org staff wrier When New Jersey applied to the federal government for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law, Gov. Chris Christie used the opportunity to tout elements of his education reform agenda that had been languishing in the state legislature for months. States that have applied for No Child […]

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Indiana vouchers spur an unintended migration

By Ben Wieder Stateline.org staff writer Parents of nearly 4,000 students in Indiana have moved their children to private schools under a new state voucher system. But ironically, the law has led some parents to do just the opposite. According to The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette, some parents in private schools have moved their children […]

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Attorney General: Bus fees are unconstitutional

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in an official but non-binding opinion Thursday that it is unconstitutional for districts to require students to pay fees for bus transportation – even if the schools outsource the service to an outside group or company. Zoeller also asked the Indiana […]

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