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Indiana JAG students win $10 million in scholarships

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier students won more than $10 million in scholarship funds through Indiana’s Jobs for America’s Graduates program in 2014 – leading the nation in postsecondary money awarded. JAG is a state-based national non-profit organization focused on helping students overcome barriers to graduation. ”The role Jobs for America’s Graduates plays […]

Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

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Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe all the squabbling, infighting and backbiting among Indiana’s political leaders over the direction of education in the state is part of some master plan. Maybe it is designed to make Hoosiers feel better about the federal government by showing them that it is, in fact, possible to be […]

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State chooses 5 counties for preschool pilot program

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties will be part of the state’s preschool pilot program for low-income children. Gov. Mike Pence said at the Keynote Rotary Club of Indianapolis meetingthat the program will start in early 2015, although last month his office said it wouldn’t be ready until […]

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School snacks go healthy: See what made the cut

Schools across Indiana and the nation are adjusting to a new rule for the types of snacks they can sell to students. The new rule “carefully balances science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which set the rules at the direction of Congress. […]

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State to host training about teen sex assault and education

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials will host a regional training event Friday about teen dating violence and safety in schools. The event – titled “Teen Dating Violence/Sexual Assault: Creating a Safe Environment at School” – is sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana School Safety Academy. It’s designed to […]

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Letter: Ed board member says Ritz offers ‘anti-everything rhetoric’

July 15, 2014 To the Editor: It has been my pleasure for the past year to serve as the newest member of the Indiana State Board of Education. I bring a fresh perspective to the board as an attorney and business executive who served as director of economic development under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson […]

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Bennett to pay $5,000 to settle political ethics violations

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Ethics Commission unanimously approved a $5,000 settlement between former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and the state on Thursday. The settlement came after Inspector General David Thomas presented his report saying that Bennett violated the state ethics code by using state time and resources for his […]

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Ritz, ed board battle – again – over waiver, meeting rules

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Board of Education members nabbed more control away from Democratic Superintendent Glenda Ritz when they passed resolutions that gave the board more control over their meetings and more oversight of education policy. In a tense, eight-hour meeting, Ritz – who chairs the board – tried to fight the […]

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Ellspermann: 60% of Indiana workforce will have post-secondary skills by 2025

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana lieutenant governor said Tuesday that by the year 2025 the Pence administration expects that 60 percent of Indiana’s workforce will have post-secondary skills. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann kicked off the Workforce Development and Education Conference by presenting “A Strategic Plan to Transform Indiana’s Workforce.” She listed five […]

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Governor announces career education grants

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced grant awards of a little more than $3 million dollars for new Innovative Career and Technical Education Curricula on Thursday. The grants – funded by the General Assembly – are designed to encourage new and collaborative career and technical training opportunities for Hoosier students. Several […]

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