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Commentary: Student press bill teaches responsibility

Commentary: Student press bill teaches responsibility

By Diana Hadley, Stephen Key and Adam Maksl Special to TheStatehouseFile.com With the role and the performance of journalists coming under question nationally, Hoosiers should support legislation that will improve the educational experience for high school and collegiate students learning the responsibilities of journalism in a democratic society. The Hoosier State Press Association, Indiana Collegiate […]

Commentary: The president is not the boss anymore

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Commentary: The president is not the boss anymore

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Every parent feels a little pressure when it comes to raising their kids. Many of us start with a preconceived notion of how our children will turn out so that each deviation from that plan can often seem like a failure. Usually that perspective could not be more wrong, but I […]

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Filmmaker criticizes direction of Indiana education policy

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state superintendent of the year told a group of journalism students Friday “there’s no evidence anywhere” that standardized tests, vouchers or charters lead to the best schools. Rocky Killion, who produced a documentary about school reform, said the world’s best school systems have instead “focused on the needs […]

Commentary: Christmas and the gift of pandering

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Commentary: Christmas and the gift of pandering

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether Indiana’s lawmakers are deluded or whether they just slept through their high school civics classes. Clearly, though, many of them just don’t understand the workings of American government and law – or they choose to pretend that they don’t understand. Perhaps the best […]

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Speaker kills ‘ag gag’ bill

By Megan Banta & Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to make it a crime to secretly shoot photos or video on private property with the goal of harming a business owner died Friday when the leader of the House pulled it from consideration Friday in the middle of a contentious debate. Supporters of […]

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Commentary: Farms and the First Amendment

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  Whenever the government tries to do anything that looks like it might tread into First Amendment territory, I tend to get a little concerned.  As someone who talks and writes for a living, that whole free speech concept is pretty important to me.  So my eyebrows arched a little when I […]

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Lawmakers make big changes to bill that bans video taping farm and industrial operations

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to ban individuals from taking pictures and videos at agricultural or industrial operations passed a House committee Thursday – but only after lawmakers made major changes. Members of the Agricultural and Rural Development Committee amended the bill so that it no longer makes distributing the videos and pictures […]

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Senate passes bill to protect farms, manufacturers from photos and video

By Samm Quinn TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make it illegal to take pictures or video of operations at a farm or manufacturing business. Senate Bill 373 makes the violation a Class A infraction, similar to a speeding ticket. The second violation would net the offender a Class B […]

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Controversial anti-bullying bill may be back on the agenda

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are trying to resurrect part of an anti-bullying bill that gives school administrators extra authority to discipline students for what they do even when they are not on school grounds. The measure is now the subject of a joint House-Senate conference committee, which is trying to […]

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Critics say bullying bill overreaches, could restrict student speech

By Samm Quinn The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A bill meant to address bullying that takes place outside of school met resistance Wednesday from people who say it could obstruct students’ freedom of speech. The Senate Education & Career Development Committee heard testimony on House Bill 1169, which will give schools more power to discipline […]