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House, Senate continue push to revamp education governance

By Lesley Weidenbener & Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Majority Republicans in the House and Senate are pushing forward with bills to revamp the State Board of Education and strip power from the state superintendent even as Democrats complain the GOP is only playing politics. The House is set to vote on a bill that […]

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Lawmakers consider cheaper testing program to replace ISTEP

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A proposal to make a wave of changes dealing with standardized testing, teacher salaries and teaching licenses in Indiana came before a state Senate committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 566, authored by Sen. Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen, and Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, proposes a new avenue for school testing instead […]

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Full Senate to consider bill to revamp State Board of Education

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Tensions continued to flare Monday as the Senate Rules Committee debated and then passed legislation to alter the composition of the Indiana State Board of Education and demote the superintendent as its chair. Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, author of Senate Bill 1, said that voters do not know that […]

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Bill would strip state superintendent as chair of Board of Ed

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee moved legislation Thursday that would strip the elected state superintendent of her position as chair of the State Board of Education, a move Republicans insist is not political even as every Democrat on the committee voted no. House Bill 1609, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, […]

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Teachers could get tax break for teacher supplies under bill headed to House

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Educators could receive an unexpected tax credit next year to reimburse, at least partially, the personal money they used to purchase classroom supplies. House Bill 1005, authored by Rep Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, passed the House Education Committee unanimously and is now headed to the full House for consideration. It could […]

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Bill seeks ‘better,’ cheaper testing program for K-12 schools

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A group of Republican state senators are pushing a legislative proposal they hope will work to reduce the number of standardized tests students are required to take. Senate Bill 566, authored by Sen. Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen, and Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, would require state education leaders to revise Indiana’s academic standards […]

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DOE wants lawmakers to spend school money differently than Pence

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Department of Education officials presented their two-year budget proposal to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday, which included large increases to the Non-English Speakers Fund, textbook relief funding, and tuition support. Deputy State Superintendent Danielle Shockey, along with several high-ranking DOE staff members, called for an […]

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Revamped A-F system starts journey to become rule

By Erika Brock The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Before moving a revamped A-F grading system further into the rulemaking process, Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz rocked the boat by proposing an amendment that would affect 9 percent of schools. Ritz proposed that the board approve an amendment that changed the way grades will be calculated […]

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Bill would make superintendent post appointed, not elected

INDIANAPOLIS –The position of state superintendent of public instruction – currently held by Democrat Glenda Ritz – could become an appointed position instead of an elected one if proposed legislation is made law. Senate Bill 24, authored by Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, would allow the governor to appoint the state superintendent beginning in 2021. “The […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: The big stories plus the winners and losers of 2014

This week, we welcome guests Chelsea Schneider of The Courier & Press in Evansville and Brandon Smith of the Indiana Public Broadcasting to talk about the top stories of 2014 – as well as the year’s winners and losers.