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Delph’s omnibus schools bill gets committee meeting

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A state Senate committee considered an odd collection of education proposals Wednesday, many of which were wrapped into one bill, during a hearing Wednesday. Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, is pushing what he calls a set of measures that would improve Indiana’s economic and cultural fabric. Among them: […]

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Bill would give parents more authority to make school a charter

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Parents could vote to convert traditional schools to charters under a bill an Indiana House committee passed Wednesday. But several lawmakers said they might not vote for House Bill 1219 when it moves to the House floor unless the bill is amended. The bill would convert schools […]

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Senator proposes cursive writing bill

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A state senator is seeking to make sure that Indiana’s elementary school students learn cursive writing after all. Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, has authored Senate Bill 83, which would require school corporations to include cursive writing in their curriculum. It would overturn an Indiana Department of Education […]

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Video: One-on-One with Sen. Jean Leising on cursive writing

Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, has introduced legislation that would require schools to teach cursive writing. The bill is a reaction to the Indiana Board of Education’s decision to remove cursive writing from the state’s standards. Here’s what Leising had to say about her bill: 1-on-1: Sen. Jean Leising on cursive writing from The Statehouse File […]

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For one student, a private school voucher represents new opportunities

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Dayana Vazquez-Buquer was excelling at Greenwood High School and had no interest in transferring elsewhere when her mom first mentioned a new state voucher program meant for families like hers. The vivacious 16-year-old balked. Her friends were at Greenwood. Her grades were good. And as she prepared […]

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Charter board to take testimony on proposed schools

Staff report The Statehouse File The newly-founded Indiana Charter School Board will host hearings through December to get input on applications from groups that want to open new schools. The group – created by a law the General Assembly passed earlier this year – is charged with reviewing and approving new charter school applications. The […]

Commentary: Decades of Hoosier school choice threatened by unions

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Commentary: Decades of Hoosier school choice threatened by unions

By Angela C. Erickson Indiana Policy Review For decades, Indiana’s school-choice programs have helped send Hoosier students to the colleges of their choice and provided school books and bus transportation for children in private schools. Never before have programs like these been challenged on constitutional grounds. Until now. In an attempt to maintain their monopoly […]

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No Child Left Behind waivers require big changes fast

By Ben Wieder Stateline.org staff wrier When New Jersey applied to the federal government for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law, Gov. Chris Christie used the opportunity to tout elements of his education reform agenda that had been languishing in the state legislature for months. States that have applied for No Child […]

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Obama announces new education freedoms for states; Indiana will take advantage

Indiana will act quickly to seek a waiver of controversial federal school accountability rules under new freedoms announced Friday by President Barack Obama.