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Panel begins search for ISTEP alternatives

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The road to finding an alternative to the state’s controversial ISTEP test has officially begun. The 23-person panel tasked with finding an alternative to the standardized exam met for the first time Tuesday. The group was asked to propose new testing approaches that will reduce testing time, reduce the […]

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Department of Education adds to certified school safety personnel

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 450 new School Safety Specialists received certifications Monday from The Indiana Department of Education and Indiana School Safety Academy. “Every child in Indiana deserves to attend a school with a safe and secure learning environment,” Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said in a press release. […]

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Bathroom guidelines for transgender students leave Pence, Ritz at odds

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence Friday said the federal government has “no business” in mandating all public schools allow transgender students to use bathrooms based on their gender identity. “I have long believed that education is a state and local function,” Pence said in a statement. “Policies regarding the security and privacy […]

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The search for ISTEP’s replacement

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Now that lawmakers have ditched ISTEP, education leaders are searching for an alternative. “This is the beginning of a new day in testing in our schools,” Gov. Mike Pence said when he signed the bill eliminating ISTEP into law on March 22. The end of exam came after 2015 […]

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“He” replaced with gender-neutral pronouns in statewide office descriptions

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana law describing the roles and responsibilities of statewide officeholders will soon use gender-neutral pronouns. The Indiana code currently uses male pronouns, but Gov. Mike Pence signed House Bill 1173 into law Thursday, changing the language. “As a father, I cannot help but think about my daughters when I see references […]

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Ritz to bring back unsolved educational issues next year

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz sees this legislative session as a missed opportunity. Three months ago, Ritz unveiled her agenda focusing on preventing schools from being negatively impacted by the 2015 ISTEP, pushing for changes to standardized testing and working to stop the teacher shortage in Indiana. […]

Commentary: A missed opportunity for Indiana

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Commentary: A missed opportunity for Indiana

By Glenda Ritz TheStatehouseFile.com Three months ago, I unveiled a legislative agenda that focused on the needs of children, educators, families, and communities. This agenda focused on holding schools harmless for the ISTEP, implementing common sense testing reform and working to stop the teacher shortage that is being felt throughout Indiana. Importantly, the legislature took […]

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Ritz wants to pause the possible expansion of school vouchers

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Despite education issues being fast tracked this year, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz believes plenty of work is still left to be done during this session. “It is time for our state legislature to fully study both the fiscal and academic impacts that school voucher system is […]

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State Board of Education approves 2015 school accountability grades

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Board of Education approved the 2014-15 school accountability grades Wednesday. From 2014 to 2015, schools receiving A’s remained unchanged at 46 percent, B’s went down 33 percent to 32 percent, C’s unchanged at 19 percent, D’s dropped from 3 percent to 2 percent, and F’s unchanged at […]

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Superintendent running against Glenda Ritz

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Glenda Ritz has a new challenger. Jennifer McCormick, superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools, is running against Ritz as a Republican. “As we teach our students and I teach my son, you can’t make change just by talking about it, you have to do something about it,” Dr. McCormick said […]

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