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Commentary: Sleeping bags, sofas and hopes for troubled children

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Commentary: Sleeping bags, sofas and hopes for troubled children

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Susan Dreyfus tells a story about a simple way to help a troubled child. Dreyfus, the chief executive officer of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, and I talk on the air about the damage adverse childhood experiences does to children’s development. In plain speak, research shows that […]

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Kenley backs off push for ‘off-the-shelf’ student test

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Key lawmakers said Thursday they plan to move forward with a new ISTEP test – at least for the next two years – and then study whether an off-the-shelf exam could be used in the future to save money. Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said he would back off his […]

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Budget moves to conference committee; revenue forecast to determine final spending

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a two-year, $31.5 billion budget Wednesday but the plan is about to go under the knife. The Republican-written budget includes more money for K-12 schools, technical programs and state universities, with a particular emphasis on Indiana University and Purdue University regional campuses. But the proposal’s main […]

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Move to oust Ritz as ed board chair gets closer to becoming law

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill on Tuesday that gives the State Board of Education the power to elect its chair. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, would end an arrangement unique to Indiana and Oklahoma, which are the only states in which the elected superintendent of […]

Commentary: Indiana’s education circus

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Commentary: Indiana’s education circus

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Board of Education has turned into a circus, with two snarling opponents vying to step into the center ring and take over the show. Right now, Democratic State Superintendent Glenda Ritz is technically the board’s ringmaster. She was elected in 2012, which at the time meant […]

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Video & story: Senate budget boosts funding for schools, highways; Kenley warns cuts may be coming

Senate unveiled proposed budget from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Republicans revealed a two-year, $31.5 billion budget Thursday that boosts funding for schools, universities and highways and leaves the state with nearly $1.9 billion in the bank. But the plan’s architect warned immediately that lower-than-expected tax receipts mean the budget […]

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Supporters encourage lawmakers to make a seal available for bilingual graduates

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Students proficient in two or more languages may have an opportunity to add a seal to their high school transcripts – a move supporters say will give them an edge when it comes to higher education and the job market. A House committee heard testimony on Senate Bill […]

Commentary: Indiana, a state that works? Hardly

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Commentary: Indiana, a state that works? Hardly

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Republicans in the Indiana House of Representatives pushed through their so-called religious freedom restoration bill, Gov. Mike Pence couldn’t wait to congratulate lawmakers on a job well done. Critics, including many major businesses, say Senate Bill 101, which allows business owners to refuse to provide goods or services […]

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State could require training for unemployed workers under bill

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Unemployed Hoosiers could be pushed into job training and educational programs meant to help them get back into the workforce under a bill that passed the Senate Appropriations Committeeunanimously on Thursday. Currently unemployed Hoosiers must meet with the Office of Workforce Development after four weeks of collecting unemployment. Under HB […]

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Bill would give teachers more free reign in classrooms, schools

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee on Wednesday debated freedom-to-teach legislation that is meant to give teachers more leadership opportunities while keeping them in the classroom. House Bill 1009, authored by Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, aims to put the best educators in front of more students by eliminating some rules for teachers […]

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