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Future teachers incentivized to stay in Indiana after graduation

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Baleigh Davis, 17, anxiously awaited an important phone call – one that would reveal whether or not she was one of 200 recipients of the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship. “I was very nervous. I thought the interview and everything went really well, so I was very confident but also […]

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State receives approval to implement Educator Equity Plan

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Thanks to the approval of the Indiana Department of Education’s Educator Equity Plan, the state now has permission to implement additional strategies designed to provide quality education to all students, Approval of the plan came this week from the U.S. Department of Education. The plans are strategies aimed at ensuring all students […]

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Education board considers ‘hold harmless’ pause in school grading system

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials debated Wednesday whether to pause the state’s A-F grading for one year in anticipation of lower scores that are expected to come after changes in standards and testing this year. But the State Board of Education wants to ensure that won’t conflict with state law. So […]

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Analysis: Education board has chance for fresh start

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the State Board of Education convenes this week at Purdue University, its members have a chance to redeem not just the group’s reputation but that of education leadership in Indiana as well. For roughly two years, the board has been a showcase for all that’s wrong with government. […]

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State ed board gets five new members; Elsener, Oliver aren’t reappointed

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education will have five new members when it goes back to work in June – the result of an overhaul ordered by the General Assembly. The new board will be without some of its most divisive figures from the past two years – including Marian […]

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Lawmakers pass bill to leave Ritz as chair, shift some ISTEP power to board

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican lawmakers pulled back slightly Wednesday from a last minute effort to shift more authority away from state Superintendent Glenda Ritz even as they let her remain the chair of the State Board of Education through the end of her current term. With the support of Gov. Mike Pence, […]

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Ritz would keep chair for now, board gets some ISTEP authority under proposed compromise

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz would keep her position as chair of the State Board of Education through the end of her current term under a new proposal lawmakers are considering with just days left in their legislative session. The plan would still give the state board the authority to […]

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Move to oust Ritz as ed board chair gets closer to becoming law

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill on Tuesday that gives the State Board of Education the power to elect its chair. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, would end an arrangement unique to Indiana and Oklahoma, which are the only states in which the elected superintendent of […]

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Bill would give teachers more free reign in classrooms, schools

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee on Wednesday debated freedom-to-teach legislation that is meant to give teachers more leadership opportunities while keeping them in the classroom. House Bill 1009, authored by Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, aims to put the best educators in front of more students by eliminating some rules for teachers […]

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Voucher participation up significantly – again

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 10,000 additional Hoosier students are using vouchers through the state-funded Choice Scholarship Program in the 2014-2015 school year, according to a report released by the State Department of Education. The jump in student participation reflects a 47 percent, one-year increase and a total growth of 298 percent since […]

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