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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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Delph’s omnibus schools bill gets committee meeting

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A state Senate committee considered an odd collection of education proposals Wednesday, many of which were wrapped into one bill, during a hearing Wednesday. Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, is pushing what he calls a set of measures that would improve Indiana’s economic and cultural fabric. Among them: […]

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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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