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Minority Leader Pelath: Civil rights discussions are not over

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— House Democratic Leader, Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, is ready to bring the LGBT civil rights debate back to the Statehouse this year. “This issue is not over, just because they decide not to bring a bill down on a calendar in one house doesn’t mean that we stop talking about […]

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Mandatory study of ethnic history in high schools considered

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers from different ethnic backgrounds came to the Statehouse Wednesday to support a bill that would require schools to teach ethnic history. Senate Bill 268 would add the curriculum to high school United States history courses. “Why don’t we teach in the school these kids about these kids they’re sitting next […]

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ISTEP re-scoring SOTs

SOTs: [:22] Danielle Shockey / Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction / Department of Education [:24] John O’neal / Indiana State Teachers Association Lobbyist [:10] Ashley Gibson / Stand for Children Lobbyist   SCRIPT: {ANCHOR} YOUR CHILD’S I-STEP SCORE MIGHT BE GETTING A SECOND LOOK. {VO} LAWMAKERS ARE CONSIDERING RE-SCORING SOME OF THE TESTS FROM THE […]

Commentary: The myth of the ‘favorite teacher’

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Commentary: The myth of the ‘favorite teacher’

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com A few years ago, during the State of the State Address, Gov. Mitch Daniels looked to the gallery, then introduced the best teacher he ever had, his “favorite teacher.” This fine person was there to represent all teachers, or, perhaps implicitly, to compliment an excellent, effective teacher. Unfortunately, maybe she isn’t. […]

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Mandatory cursive curriculum advances but still faces hurdles

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee crossed their t’s and dotted their i’s to make cursive writing mandatory in elementary school curriculum. Senate Bill 73, making cursive mandatory in schools, passed out of the Education and Career Development committee Wednesday with a 6-4 vote. Author, Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, was not […]

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Pence promises to protect religious freedom in State of the State

  By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — In his fourth State of the State address on Tuesday evening, Gov. Mike Pence touted 2015 as “a year of progress” for the state of Indiana, but supporters of LGBT rights were left frustrated. “I will not support any bill that diminishes the religious freedom of Hoosiers or […]

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ISTEP bill protecting school accountability grades moves to the House

By Alexis Weidner TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- After 2015’s expected low ISTEP scores, the Senate passed a bill Tuesday to prevent the scores from hurting schools’ A-F accountability grades with a 49-1 vote. Senate Bill 200 received bipartisan support. Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, spoke in favor of the bill Tuesday, stating the bill did more than just […]

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GOP House agenda: Roads, education & drug prevention

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Although this year’s session is just 10 weeks long, the House Republicans are determined to accomplish their top four priorities. “You won’t see too much that will shock you because we have been talking about these things since October,” House Speaker Brian Bosma said. “Our top priorities are roads […]

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Education issues fast tracked for 2016 session

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Two bills, both addressing the drop in 2015 ISTEP scores, are moving forward in the legislature after being approved in committee. Senate Bill 200: Measuring School Performance Senate Bill 200 would prevent the 2015 scores from harming a district’s A-F accountability score. Education leaders say the 2015 results are not […]

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