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Education board considers ‘hold harmless’ pause in school grading system

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials debated Wednesday whether to pause the state’s A-F grading for one year in anticipation of lower scores that are expected to come after changes in standards and testing this year. But the State Board of Education wants to ensure that won’t conflict with state law. So […]

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Report: Students who take career readiness classes more likely to graduate

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students earning at least six credits geared toward career readiness are more likely to graduate and earn higher ISTEP scores. That’s according to a 2015 Indiana Career Readiness Report released Tuesday. “As superintendent, I have made it a priority to ensure that all students are afforded diverse pathways to personalize […]

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Poll shows Pence vulnerable on education, gay rights issues

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana voters favor ousting Gov. Mike Pence from office in the 2016 election, primarily over his handling of education and gay rights issues, according to a new poll first obtained by TheStatehouseFile.com. Poll: Voters ready for new governor | Create infographics A majority of voters also say they want to add […]

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State considers high school diplomas that require more classes, more math

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Career Council has proposed to revamp high school diplomas to require more classes and boost the amount of math students must take to graduate. The proposed changes mean Indiana would move from four diploma options to three. The default diploma for all students would be the College […]

Commentary: You go, Glenda

Commentary: You go, Glenda

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org There is a God and he does look like me. He gave me the best birthday present a political pundit could ask for. He gave me Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announcing that she is running for governor. Joy! Rapture! Divinity! Now I know what you’re thinking: “Abdul, you have […]

Commentary: Socrates meets Glenda Ritz

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Commentary: Socrates meets Glenda Ritz

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com So, Socrates and Glenda Ritz walk into a bar… Only philosophy nerds might think that is the beginning of a funny joke. And maybe a blogger. If I had the chance to have a conversation with Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, it would almost certainly sound like I was […]

Commentary: Glenda Ritz and the lesson of David and Goliath

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Commentary: Glenda Ritz and the lesson of David and Goliath

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In a different life, the team I worked with developed a strategy for dealing with bigger and better-funded opponents. In those days, I was the executive director of what was then the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, now the ACLU of Indiana. Our mission was to defend the principles set […]

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Ritz says she’s ‘best candidate to beat’ Pence

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendent Glenda Ritz officially announced her campaign for governor Thursday, saying she’s “the best candidate to beat Mike Pence.” Ritz – who joined supporters at Ben Davis High School – also answered critics who claim she doesn’t have the background to become the state’s top elected official. The librarian-turned-state […]

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Ritz to make ‘special’ campaign announcement this week

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The controversial Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz will make a “special” campaign announcement on Thursday – and is widely expected to say she’s running for governor. Ritz, a Democrat, is scheduled to tour the state and repeat the announcement through Friday. According to Ritz’s Facebook page, the […]

Commentary: How I will spend my summer vacation

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Commentary: How I will spend my summer vacation

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I was recently asked what do political pundits and commentators do in the summer time? Well, we work, just not as fast paced as we do during an election season or a legislative session. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  A slower pace means more time to delve into issues […]

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