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Free financial literacy class launched by Ivy Tech and Hoosier Lottery

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$32.4 billion budget bill moves to Senate on party-line vote

    By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a $31.5 billion, two-year budget Tuesday that boosts funding for K-12 education and spends more on domestic violence programs, community corrections, tourism and mass transit. The bill passed 68-29 largely on party lines, with minority Democrats complaining that the plan cuts funding to urban […]

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Bill to require civics test for graduation gets an F – for fail

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The Senate defeated a bill on Tuesday that would have required Indiana high school students to pass a 100-question civics test to graduate. The bill’s author, Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, said the test would have included the same questions that immigrants have to pass to gain citizenship and that high […]

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Democrats try but fail to boost money for all school districts

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans voted down Democratic amendments Monday that would have changed the way their two-year budget plan spends money on K-12 schools. That clears House Bill 1001 for a vote by the full House on Tuesday. An amendment authored by Rep. Greg Porter, D-Indianapolis, would have fully funded a free […]

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Voucher participation up significantly – again

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 10,000 additional Hoosier students are using vouchers through the state-funded Choice Scholarship Program in the 2014-2015 school year, according to a report released by the State Department of Education. The jump in student participation reflects a 47 percent, one-year increase and a total growth of 298 percent since […]

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Governor signs fast-tracked bill to shorten ISTEP exam

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Monday to reduce the time students will spend taking the ISTEP test that begins this week – just hours after the House and Senate approved the legislation unanimously. “Hoosier students, teachers and parents can breathe easier now that this year’s ISTEP […]

Analysis: Republicans & Democrats made good points on school funding

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Analysis: Republicans & Democrats made good points on school funding

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The results are in – and they are not surprising. Months after House Republicans first said they wanted to revamp school funding, the changes have been translated into actual dollars for districts. As expected, growing districts – those in suburban areas – receive more money under the plan and […]

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Webcast: The House GOP releases a budget, fenced hunting moves on and more

Webcast February 20, 2015 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. You may also like Analysis: Pence keeps his opinions about gambling … Construction on Bicentennial Plaza could be underw… Former Sen. Landske remembered as ‘true publ… Video & story: Pence won’t say where he…

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Budget bill shifts money among schools, moves to full House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans pushed a two-year, $31.4 billion budget out of a House committee Wednesday despite complaints from Democrats that it robs money from urban and rural school districts to increase funding for suburban ones. The spending plan boosts overall K-12 school funding by 4.7 percent through two years but changes […]

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Legislation would identify students who need help before college

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Education committee passed an amended bill on Tuesday designed to better prepare students for higher education. The bill now moves to the full House for consideration. House Bill 1637, authored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, calls for a process that allows high schools to determine if […]

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