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Commentary: How politics, greed take us to school

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Following the education money in Indiana is easy. Just find the rabbit with the pocket watch and dive down the hole behind him. Where to begin? How about with Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the City-County Council jockeying over a tax increase to leverage donations to provide preschool to a couple […]

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Feds extend pre-K funding deadline but Pence still says no

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he still won’t apply for up to $80 million in preschool funding – despite an extended federal deadline and calls from several education officials. Pence said he stands by a decision he made last week not to seek the grant funding, which could have […]

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Pence won’t cancel campaign trip to New Hampshire to appease Democrats

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats are calling on Gov. Mike Pence to cancel a trip to New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary, and to release documents about his decision not to apply for a federal pre-kindergarten grant. But the governor’s press secretary said Pence’s presence is needed to help other GOP […]

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Analysis: School funding could be biggest debate of 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A fascinating and important education debate is now brewing as the 2015 legislative session draws closer – and it’s not about testing or vouchers or even whether students should get a longer summer break. It’s about money. And it’s a discussion that could affect every school district across Indiana. […]

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Guest column: Pence says pre-K must come without ‘federal intrusion’

By Mike Pence Indiana governor Earlier this year our state made history by approving the first state-funded, pre-kindergarten grant program for low-income families in Indiana. The General Assembly enacted bipartisan legislation to launch a five-county pilot the Indiana way, with $10 million in state funds combined with matching funds from each county. Along with local […]

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Pence won’t seek federal dollars to expand pre-K

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has opted to end Indiana’s bid for up to $80 million in federal pre-kindergarten funding, a move that appeases some conservatives as he mulls a 2016 presidential run. Pence says he’s concerned about strings attached to the money. But Democrats complained Thursday that the Republican governor […]

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Democrats say GOP agenda is smokescreen

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com A Republican legislative agenda that calls for more money for education is a smokescreen to shield the GOP from past failings, Indiana Democratic Chairman John Zody said Wednesday. He said Republicans are simply trying to convince Hoosiers they are “prioritizing critical issues for Indiana.” “The truth is, it’s not an agenda […]

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Education board postpones vote on A-F grades for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to delay approving letter grades for schools because members said they were unsure about the underlying data. The decision came after two school administrators complained about the appeals process for their grades and board members learned that the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency […]

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House GOP wants to rewrite school funding formula

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Republicans say they will work in 2015 to boost money for public schools and rewrite the formula that distributes those dollars to try to reduce the gap between the state’s highest and lowest funded districts. The move could mean a shift in funding from some of the state’s […]

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Business, philanthropic leaders urge expansion of preschool pilot program

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers should act quickly to expand a preschool pilot program – one that’s not even yet underway – when they meet for their budget-writing session next year, business and nonprofit leaders said Monday. “We simply can’t afford to let this session be one of inaction,” said Connie Bond Stuart, […]

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