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Q&A: Meet Rep. Chris Judy, focused on veteran’s issues and funding education

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Meet Rep. Christopher Judy Age: 36 Hometown: Whitley County Party: Republican Occupation: General Motors, Automobile Industry INDIANAPOLIS – For Rep. Christopher Judy and his wife, being separated for an extended period of time […]

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Committee moves bill to strip state superintendent of responsibilities

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com      INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would shift significant education responsibilities from the elected state superintendent to the appointed State Board of Education passed 9-4 Thursday along party lines. House Bill 1486, authored by Rep. Jeffery Thompson, R-Lizton, would authorize the board to hire an executive director and staff, approve […]

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Video & story: Committee considers whether ‘Merry Christmas bill’ is necessary

Smith says protection is needed for holiday symbols on Vimeo. By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Education Committee will vote on a bill next week that is meant to protect Christmas and other holiday celebrations that take place in Indiana schools, cities and towns. Senate Bill 233, authored by Sen. Jim Smith, R- […]

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Bill would create bilingual certification for high school students

By Levi Lotz TheStatethouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier students could soon be rewarded based on their ability to speak multiple languages. The Senate Education and Career Development Committee heard discussion Wednesday concerning Senate Bill 267, which would allow high school students to be recognized by the state for a proficiency in two or more languages. The […]

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Truant students would be treated differently if bill becomes law

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A proposed bill would mean Indiana schools could have to change the way they deal with truancy. Senate Bill 443, authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, covers a number of different education issues but the focus Wednesday was on how schools should deal with student absences and tardiness. The […]

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Concussion protocol would be required for younger students under legislation

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Some lawmakers are looking to expand the reach of concussion awareness, diagnosis, and treatment in student athletes with a bill that is still under discussion. Under current law, high school athletes who are suspected of suffering a concussion are required to sit out of practice or games until they […]

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Teachers could get tax break for teacher supplies under bill headed to House

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Educators could receive an unexpected tax credit next year to reimburse, at least partially, the personal money they used to purchase classroom supplies. House Bill 1005, authored by Rep Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, passed the House Education Committee unanimously and is now headed to the full House for consideration. It could […]

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Bill would provide more money to adult high schools

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Adult high schools are one step closer to becoming available to more Hoosiers after a bill that would provide additional funding to the programs passed the Indiana House on Monday. House Bill 1438 would require the Department of Education to distribute funding to adult high schools through the adult […]

Analysis: Behning case has lessons for all

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Analysis: Behning case has lessons for all

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Ethics questions involving House Education Chairman Bob Behning rose and fell last week in just a matter of days, but the underlying issues shouldn’t go away so quickly. Behning, R-Indianapolis, had proposed to begin lobbying in another state for an education testing company that does business in Indiana and […]

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Webcast: Energy conservation legislation, a civics test for students & more

Anchors Adam Lee and Adrianna Pitrelli catch us up on the week’s worth of Statehouse news. TheStatehouseFile TV – Episode 3: Teaching License Eligibilty, Spinal Cord Funding, and Civics Testing For High Schoolers from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. You may also like Q&A: Meet Rep. Chris Judy, focused on veteran… Bill would strip state superintendent as chair […]

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