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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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Governor signs fast-tracked bill to shorten ISTEP exam

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Monday to reduce the time students will spend taking the ISTEP test that begins this week – just hours after the House and Senate approved the legislation unanimously. “Hoosier students, teachers and parents can breathe easier now that this year’s ISTEP […]

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Ritz would lose post as board chair under bill passed by Senate

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a controversial bill Tuesday that removes state Superintendent Glenda Ritz as the chair of the State Board of Education and give its members the ability to elect their own leader. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, would end an arrangement unique to Indiana […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: The ISTEP, the budget and the Pence Watch

Hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener debate the week’s news at the Indiana Statehouse, focusing on the ISTEP debacle and the state budget.

Ritz makes moves to reduce ISTEP exam by 3+ hours

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Ritz makes moves to reduce ISTEP exam by 3+ hours

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The ISTEP test would be reduced by about three hours in all grades under changes state Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced Friday. Ritz will also seek legislative approval to eliminate a social studies section she said is required under state law, a move that could shave another hour off the […]

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Guest column: More than an elected office at stake in attack on Ritz

By John Gregg Special to TheStatehouseFile.com On a cold January morning in 2001, I stood outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC with my two sons, then ages 8 and 7 to witness the inauguration of President George W. Bush. As the ceremony began, my older son asked me “Dad why are we here, we’re […]

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DOE plans no changes in ISTEP; Pence hires consultant to recommend changes

Ritz will seek one-year pause in accountability measures at Friday board meeting Indiana DOE spokesman Daniel Altman talks about the ISTEP controversy By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Department of Education intends to move forward with the ISTEP exam as it’s currently scheduled despite action by Gov. Mike Pence to try to shorten the length […]

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Senate committee moves education board revamp bill

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate is pushing forward with its own legislation to overhaul the State Board of Education and demote state Superintendent Glenda Ritz as its chair, even as Democrats decry the move as political. The Republican-controlled Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee passed Senate Bill 1 along party lines, sending […]

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House passes bill to oust Ritz as state ed board chair

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education could be working under a new chair as soon as this summer under a bill that passed the Indiana House largely along party lines Monday. House Bill 1609, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, would remove the elected superintendent of public instruction – now […]

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Video & story: Pence acts to shorten ISTEP test but may have no authority to do it

Gov. Pence issues executive order to shorten ISTEP+ exam from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence pledged Monday to shorten an ISTEP test projected to last as long as 12-1/2 hours this spring but it’s not clear that he or the State Board of Education he appoints has any […]