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Two-year budget sent to the governor after late night votes

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The state’s $32.3 billion two-year budget will head to the governor’s desk for final approval next week after lawmakers resolved several sharp disagreements over taxes and education funding. The budget passed both the House and Senate Friday, 68-30 and 42-8 respectively. “I’m very satisfied that we’ve completed a historic […]

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Suicide awareness training bill passes to governor unanimously

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill requiring teachers and staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness is headed to the governor. The latest version of House Bill 1430 combines its contents with Senate Bill 506, which creates more extensive suicide training requirements than […]

Commentary: Political fog, education smoke

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Commentary: Political fog, education smoke

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Like so many other pitched conflicts, Indiana’s education wars have created a great deal of fog and dust. That’s made it hard for Hoosiers to see what’s really going on. The unseemly battles between former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, and the members of the […]

Commentary: Embracing a system that cannot work

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Commentary: Embracing a system that cannot work

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com Standardized test scores (ISTEP) are not useful in measuring teacher performance, according to Indiana’s school superintendent in recent testimony.    A surprise is that this statement came from a Republican whose party has advocated standardized testing for decades. Her principle is self-evident:  using test scores to measure teachers, and, by extension, […]

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Indianapolis mayor, first graders celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Mayor Joe Hogsett immersed himself in the world of Dr. Seuss as he read one of Seuss’ famous books and shared actual green eggs and ham with a first grade class Monday. Global Preparatory Academy celebrated Dr. Seuss’ 113th birthday with Hogsett as he went to multiple classrooms and […]

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Budget passes House after questions of education funding

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Republican version of the state’s two-year, $32 billion budget passed the full House Monday after questions about whether the budget is favoring charter and suburban schools over traditional public and urban schools. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, called the House Bill 1001 budget an “honest, good appraisal” of […]

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Bill protecting prayer in schools moves forward

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that makes sure school corporations don’t discriminate against students for their religious expression and allows students to pray during school hours advanced Tuesday. House Bill 1024 passed the Education Committee 10-2 a little more than an hour before the deadline for bills to advance out of committee. […]

Commentary: Eric Holcomb, the GOP and big government

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Commentary: Eric Holcomb, the GOP and big government

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – History has a sense of irony. Given enough time, members of both major political parties will embrace positions and roles that would have been anathema to their predecessors. Republicans and Democrats find it easy – so easy – to switch places without ever switching jerseys. These days, most Americans […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. Eddie Melton, focused on education and unemployment

By: Sarah Ramon and Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly–elected members of the Indiana House and Senate. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.  INDIANAPOLIS ­­— Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Merrillville, spends a lot of his time working in non-profit executive leadership when he’s not at […]

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House Republicans propose cigarette tax hike to fund budget

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers could soon pay $1 more for every pack of cigarettes they purchase if Indiana House Republicans move forward with their proposed biennial state budget. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, unveiled the $31 billion budget Wednesday, with a cigarette tax hike that would provide the state with an additional $287 […]

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