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Pre-K applications now available in Allen, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Families in four of the five counties that are part of a state pre-kindergarten pilot can now sign up to receive a grant for the program. Children eligible for the first phase of the pilot will include 4-year-olds living in Allen, Lake, Marion or Vanderburgh counties who will start […]

Commentary: Destroying schools in order to save schools

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Commentary: Destroying schools in order to save schools

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Well, Indiana’s legislative leaders have gotten one thing out of the way. We now know what the worst idea to come out of the 2105 session of the Indiana General Assembly likely will be. A few days ago, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Indiana Senate President Pro […]

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Story & photos: GOP leaders say education funding to be focus of 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican legislative leaders want to restore their credibility among Indiana teachers with proposals they say will mean more money for education and drive more dollars into classrooms and away from administration. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said on the General Assembly’s Organization Day he has assembled a team of […]

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Legislative leaders say fights among education officials are unacceptable

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislative leaders say they remain frustrated at the “dysfunctional” relationship among state education officials and will step in if the sides can’t resolve their differences – soon. On the eve the legislature’s Organization Day for the 2015 session, House Speaker Brian Bosma said he’s concerned enough that he’s thinking […]

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Pilot pre-K enrollment to begin next month; provider apps available now

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Low-income families in five pilot counties could begin enrolling their children in state-funded preschool next month with classes starting in January, state officials said Wednesday. In addition, organizations that want to provide preschool in those counties – Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh – can now apply to be part […]

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More A schools, fewer Fs after education board assigns grades

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More schools received As and fewer had Fs under grades the Indiana State Board of Education assigned Wednesday. In fact, 54 percent of all schools received the state’s highest grade. That’s 9 percentage points higher than last year. About 4 percent of schools received failing grades compared to 5.4 […]

Analysis: Voucher system needs open minds, good analyses

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Analysis: Voucher system needs open minds, good analyses

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More and more families are taking advantage of the state’s voucher program, which uses taxpayer funds to help low- and middle-income students attend private elementary middle and high schools across the state. This school year, some 29,000 kids are in private schools under the state’s four-year old program. That’s […]

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Number of students using vouchers jumps dramatically

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The number of students using state-funded vouchers to attend private schools has jumped by more than 47 percent this school year, according to preliminary numbers confirmed by state education officials. In all, 29,146 elementary, middle and high school students – about 3 percent of the overall student population – […]

Commentary: Don’t bet on big bucks in IPS election

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Commentary: Don’t bet on big bucks in IPS election

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Could a backlash be in the offing for the lavishly funded candidates for the IPS board, and their corporate and otherwise wealthy benefactors? Now that the most pressing issue in next Tuesday’s election finally has gotten the full spotlight in mainstream media, the possibility of a victory by the grass roots […]

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Commentary: Yard signs, guns and more political ironies

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The teacher told me about a time he’d gotten his hand slapped. We were at a conference for high school students. He told me he’d pulled into his school’s parking lot with a load of yard signs touting the political candidacy of a friend of his in the back […]

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