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State superintendent candidate McCormick hesitant to support universal pre-K

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Despite the growing push for universal pre-K, Republican candidate for state superintendent of public instruction Jennifer McCormick is not ready to support the idea. McCormick, the current superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools, revealed her hesitancy to launch a universal pre-K program in her plan for the Indiana Department of […]

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State asks parents, advocates to weigh in on new education law

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A school’s accountability grade is more than a letter on the page for Cesar Roman. For the Indianapolis parent of five children, that A or F is an indicator of the teacher-student-parent partnership and level of academic education a school has to offer. Roman addressed the A-F school accountability ratings at […]

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Candidates for governor discuss pre-K, infrastructure

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — All three candidates for governor met Tuesday to discuss issues facing Indiana, including expanding pre-K, improving the state’s infrastructure and the effect of civic leadership. The Indiana University Public Policy Institute hosted the gubernatorial forum after gathering data about what Hoosiers want from the next governor. The data, complied […]

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Ritz: ‘Budgets reflect priorities’

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Education submitted its budget request this week and in part would fund pre-K, increase funds for small schools, increase technology spending and provide a two percent increase each year in tuition support for public schools. “Budgets reflect priorities,” said Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, […]

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Ritz: Clinton supports public education

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com PHILADELPHIA — Superintendent for Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, expects Hillary Clinton to change the educational conversation if the Democratic nominee is elected. Being a Democrat, Ritz said she will be supporting Clinton for the presidency and looks forward to the future of public education. “Well, I can tell you what’s it’s […]

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Life for Hoosier children improves in education, health

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — New data shows Indiana children are seeing improvements in health and education, but their economic well-being as well as family and community is decreasing. “There’s a lot of room for hopefulness in this year’s rankings and this data,” said Tami Silverman, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute. […]

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Gregg’s economic plan includes statewide pre-K, LGBT rights

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — John Gregg, Democratic candidate for governor, and runningmate Christina Hale shared their ideas in order to grow Indiana’s economy in a 35-point plan Monday. “The truth is Indiana’s economy is not doing as well as it could,” said Gregg. “and it’s not doing as nearly as well as it […]

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Children’s book about sharing wins Indiana early literacy award

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A children’s book about sharing, friendship and hats has won the second annual Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. The Indiana State Library announced “Hooray for Hat!” written and illustrated by Brian Won as this year’s winner. “I am both thrilled and honored that ‘Hooray for Hat!’ received the Indiana […]

Commentary: Running, and maybe winning, ugly

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Commentary: Running, and maybe winning, ugly

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Now the fun begins. With Democrat John Gregg’s selection of Indiana Rep. Christina Hale, D-Indianapolis, as his running mate, the rosters are set for this fall’s gubernatorial campaign. Gregg and Hale will be suiting up for the Democrats against the Republican incumbents, Gov. Mike Pence and Lt. Gov. Eric […]

Commentary: A teacher, a student and a place of refuge

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Commentary: A teacher, a student and a place of refuge

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When he was 9 years old, war came to Porkpa Tokpa’s front door. It was 1990. He lived then with his family in Liberia, which was then in the middle of the first of two civil wars that killed more than 500,000 people. Their house was right next to […]

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