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Q&A: Meet Rep. Earl Harris Jr., continuing the family tradition

By Logan Macaluso TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly-elected members of Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS – Continuing on the Harris political legacy, Sen. Earl Harris Jr., D-East Chicago, plans to spark economic development and education, not only in his hometown, […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Karen Engleman, focused on teachers

By Alexa Freeman TheStatehouseFile.com This story is a part of a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Karen Engleman, R-Georgetown, has always been interested in government and plans to focus on the education of our future leaders. […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, a returning face in the House

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com This story is a part of a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. INDIANAPOLIS —Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, is no stranger to the Statehouse. After serving four terms, starting in 2006, and being defeated in the 2014 General Election by her Republican opponent, the […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. John Crane, ready to learn and lead

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com  This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly-elected members of the Indiana House and Senate. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS ­­– Sen. John Crane, R-Avon, hopes to bring a variety of issues to the table, but his primary goal is getting know to […]

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ISTEP may stick around longer than hoped

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Road funding and education, including extending the life of ISTEP, are some of the priorities the Senate Republicans’ listed Tuesday. They expect ISTEP, which was originally slated to be replaced next school year, to stick around for a year or two. They’re concerned rushing a new version of the […]

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Hundreds of students applied for future educator scholarship

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 600 hopeful Hoosier students will compete for one of 200 scholarships that would provide up to $7,500 annually to those who agree to teach in the state for at least five years after graduation. “Today’s news is promising as it reflects the interest and excitement of those […]

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Roads, pre-K, workforce: Holcomb reveals his legislative agenda

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Better roads and bridges as well as an expanded pre-K program are top priorities under Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb’s administration.   He announced the five themes of his legislative agenda Thursday. “Heading into my first legislative session as Indiana’s governor, the guiding principle that shapes my agenda is to improve […]

Commentary: The big lesson for schools

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Commentary: The big lesson for schools

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – One of the Indiana General Assembly’s top challenges this year, we’re told, will involve funding and launching a larger pre-kindergarten program for Hoosier schools. Getting young children started in school earlier is a good thing. The research shows that those early years are a period when young minds are […]

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Homeless children find stability through School on Wheels

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – School was a struggle for Jessica Bryant*, who grew up in what she describes as a rough neighborhood on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The school was far from her home, making it difficult for her to get the help she needed with her schoolwork. Thirty years later, Bryant […]