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Commentary: Bennett’s actions rob state, students of valuable info

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In politics, it’s always the clean-up that takes the most time and costs the most money. The news that former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, a Republican, ordered his staff to alter the grade an influential donor’s charter school received in the state’s assessment system is just […]

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Ritz confirms ‘manipulation’ of A-F grades for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An internal Department of Education investigation has confirmed that former agency officials manipulated the data used to determine A-F grades for Indiana schools last year. State Superintendent Glenda Ritz said Wednesday that “it is premature to discuss” her staff’s specific findings because other investigations of the issue are ongoing. […]

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State reports significant fraud in free school lunch program

By Ellie Price TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An estimated one third of Indiana students receiving free or reduced-price lunches do not actually qualify for the federal program or their families failed to verify their eligibility, according to audits the Indiana Department of Education detailed for lawmakers on Monday. Julie Sutton, the department’s director of school and […]

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DOE launches summer reading initiative

By Megan Banta TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced the start of “Hoosier Family of Readers,” the Indiana Department of Education’s statewide literacy initiative, on Friday. “School is about to end for the summer, but in Indiana, learning never ends,” Ritz said in a prepared statement..  “This summer, we will be […]

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State launches office to connect parents and schools

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education announced Wednesday the creation of a new office to help connect parents and communities with their children’s education. The Office of Parent and Community Engagement seeks to provide information on education issues and focus on getting the community involved in education. The office provides resources […]

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Judge sides with ISTA in banning teacher contract form

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Marion County judge on Wednesday said that school districts and the Indiana Department of Education can’t use a form meant to standardize teacher contracts because it violates state law. Superior Judge Patrick McCarty ruled in favor of the Indiana State Teachers Association, which filed a lawsuit challenging the […]

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State names 10 finalists for Teacher of the Year award

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Ten educators from across the state are finalist for the state’s 2013 Teacher of the Year award, which will be picked in September. “The candidates for 2013 Indiana Teacher of the Year were all impressive,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett in a statement. “These finalists represent the talent […]

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Significantly more students are choosing vouchers for fall semester

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – More than 6,000 students have signed up to use vouchers for the 2012-2013 school year with more than a month to go before the program’s deadline. The Indiana Department of Education is entering its second year of a program that allows students from lower-income families to request […]

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State will work with two districts to create new teacher pay models

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education announced Monday that it will partner with two school districts – Milan Community Schools and Randolph Community Schools – to explore ways to improve teacher pay structures. In 2011, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation that requires schools to consider more factors […]

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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 […]