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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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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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