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Glenda Ritz drops out of race for governor

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz has dropped out of the race for governor. Ritz made the announcement Friday evening. “Now is not the right time for me to run for governor,” Ritz said in a statement. “Under my leadership, I have brought the discussion of public education into the public discourse […]

Commentary: Schools and the search for that elusive pony

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Commentary: Schools and the search for that elusive pony

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – There’s an old joke about a little boy who woke up one Christmas morning to find a pile of manure under the tree. Excited, he grabbed a shovel and started digging. When his parents told him he was making a mess, he refused to stop shoveling. “Don’t you see?” […]

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Feds approve Indiana’s NCLB waiver for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have granted the state a three-year waiver that frees Indiana schools from some of the requirements of the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. The approval comes about 18 months after federal officials had expressed some concerns about the way the state was monitoring troubled schools and […]

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Education board considers ‘hold harmless’ pause in school grading system

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials debated Wednesday whether to pause the state’s A-F grading for one year in anticipation of lower scores that are expected to come after changes in standards and testing this year. But the State Board of Education wants to ensure that won’t conflict with state law. So […]

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Guest column: Pence says past session is one to be proud of

By Mike Pence Indiana governor With the close of the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly, Hoosiers can be proud of the many accomplishments that will make Indiana a better place to get a job, raise a family or start a business. Today marks the start of the new fiscal year in our state […]

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Ivy Tech eases application process for dual credit high school students

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Community College launched an online application process for one of the college’s largest student groups Monday. Students participating in Ivy Tech’s high school-based dual credit program will now be able to complete the process online in an easier process. The process will also be able to be completed […]

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Report: Students who take career readiness classes more likely to graduate

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students earning at least six credits geared toward career readiness are more likely to graduate and earn higher ISTEP scores. That’s according to a 2015 Indiana Career Readiness Report released Tuesday. “As superintendent, I have made it a priority to ensure that all students are afforded diverse pathways to personalize […]

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Virtual charter school shuttered over financial, management issues

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Trine University board will shut down the online-only school it chartered three years ago due to management and academic problems, leaving more than 1,100 Hoosier students from across Indiana to find a new place to attend classes. The parents of Indiana Cyber Charter School students were notified Wednesday […]

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State considers high school diplomas that require more classes, more math

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Career Council has proposed to revamp high school diplomas to require more classes and boost the amount of math students must take to graduate. The proposed changes mean Indiana would move from four diploma options to three. The default diploma for all students would be the College […]

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HIP 2.0 ads to blanket TV, radio and web

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The new Healthy Indiana Plan, otherwise known as HIP 2.0, will begin a statewide advertisement campaign on Monday. The campaign is designed to bring an awareness of the program to the hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers who qualify for the plan. On Monday, the state will begin running TV, […]

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