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Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

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Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe all the squabbling, infighting and backbiting among Indiana’s political leaders over the direction of education in the state is part of some master plan. Maybe it is designed to make Hoosiers feel better about the federal government by showing them that it is, in fact, possible to be […]

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State to host training about teen sex assault and education

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials will host a regional training event Friday about teen dating violence and safety in schools. The event – titled “Teen Dating Violence/Sexual Assault: Creating a Safe Environment at School” – is sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana School Safety Academy. It’s designed to […]

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Letter: Ed board member says Ritz offers ‘anti-everything rhetoric’

July 15, 2014 To the Editor: It has been my pleasure for the past year to serve as the newest member of the Indiana State Board of Education. I bring a fresh perspective to the board as an attorney and business executive who served as director of economic development under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson […]

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Ritz, ed board battle – again – over waiver, meeting rules

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Board of Education members nabbed more control away from Democratic Superintendent Glenda Ritz when they passed resolutions that gave the board more control over their meetings and more oversight of education policy. In a tense, eight-hour meeting, Ritz – who chairs the board – tried to fight the […]

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State submits for education waiver

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz submitted the state’s one-year extension application with a series of amendments on the No Child Left Behind waiver Monday. “I am proud to submit this waiver request,” Ritz said. “The request represents countless hours of work put in by the Indiana Department of Education.” The […]

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Roundtable agrees to extend ISTEP testing; waiver grant still not complete

INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz urged the Indiana Education Roundtable to add a gauge of a student’s reading ability to the new ISTEP test, but the recommendation failed Monday. Ritz wanted the new ISTEP test to compile a separate reading score but the governor disagreed. “We have to measure reading. It is very important […]

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Ritz awards $8 million in improvement grants

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz awarded more than $8 million in school improvements grants Thursday. “My department is committed to providing schools and communities with the resources they need to ensure that all Hoosier children receive an equitable and high quality education,” Ritz said. The grants – fully funded by […]

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Ritz: State needs to move up testing to comply with federal rules

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz is seeking to move up a testing program based on new curriculum standards by one year in an effort to extend the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver. But she also wants to freeze the state’s A-F grading system so that schools aren’t punished if […]

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Analysis: 2012 wins give Democrats hope for this and future elections

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rep. Andre Carson looked across a sea of Democrats at the party’s state convention on Saturday and issued a challenge: Take back the Indiana Statehouse. Maybe not this year, he acknowledged to some cautious applause from the crowd. It might take a little time, what with the Republicans […]

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DOE reveals new Migrant Education Program centers

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The Department of Education created seven new migrant education centers as part of an expanded Migrant Education Program revealed Monday. In 2012 the DOE failed to fully claim federal grants for educational opportunities for migrant worker’s children. The seven new education centers will allow the DOE to better identify and […]

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