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Commentary: Destroying schools in order to save schools

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Commentary: Destroying schools in order to save schools

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Well, Indiana’s legislative leaders have gotten one thing out of the way. We now know what the worst idea to come out of the 2105 session of the Indiana General Assembly likely will be. A few days ago, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Indiana Senate President Pro […]

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Legislative leaders say fights among education officials are unacceptable

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislative leaders say they remain frustrated at the “dysfunctional” relationship among state education officials and will step in if the sides can’t resolve their differences – soon. On the eve the legislature’s Organization Day for the 2015 session, House Speaker Brian Bosma said he’s concerned enough that he’s thinking […]

Commentary: The many shall get what the few paid for

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Commentary: The many shall get what the few paid for

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com When conservatives can run successfully against a president who has presided over reduced government spending, reduced deficits, lowered unemployment, record heights of corporate wealth, a health-care program that pleases both the public and the health-care industry, and even sub-$3 gas, perhaps irrational fear of the first man of his color to […]

Commentary: Was Tuesday also a referendum on Ritz?

Commentary: Was Tuesday also a referendum on Ritz?

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  You may not be aware of this, but Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced her re-election bid the day before the election. And on Tuesday, she lost.   At an education forum on the west side of Indianapolis, Ritz told the “pro-public education” (PPE) crowd that she was going […]

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More A schools, fewer Fs after education board assigns grades

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More schools received As and fewer had Fs under grades the Indiana State Board of Education assigned Wednesday. In fact, 54 percent of all schools received the state’s highest grade. That’s 9 percentage points higher than last year. About 4 percent of schools received failing grades compared to 5.4 […]

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Feds extend pre-K funding deadline but Pence still says no

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he still won’t apply for up to $80 million in preschool funding – despite an extended federal deadline and calls from several education officials. Pence said he stands by a decision he made last week not to seek the grant funding, which could have […]

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Education board postpones vote on A-F grades for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to delay approving letter grades for schools because members said they were unsure about the underlying data. The decision came after two school administrators complained about the appeals process for their grades and board members learned that the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency […]

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Board weighs options for new A-F grading scale

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Education officials wrestled Wednesday over how to measure student improvement and how that development should be factored into the state’s next A-F school grading scale. Members of the State Board of Education made no final decisions, saying they need more time to tweak a recommendation from an A-F panel that […]

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Tippecanoe woman who is blind wins Teacher of the Year award

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A high school English teacher in Tippecanoe County who went blind in her youth has been named the state’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. Kathy Nimmer, who has been teaching for 22 years at Harrison High School, received the award at a Tuesday ceremony. “I am incredibly excited to honor […]

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Analysis: Free textbooks not likely to make next year’s budget

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz wants lawmakers to start spending another $70 million annually to make textbooks free for all Hoosiers. But it’s going to be a tough sell. Democrats have tried for years to get majority Republicans to go along with the idea. But the hefty price tag has […]

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