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Commentary: Eric Holcomb, the GOP and big government

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Commentary: Eric Holcomb, the GOP and big government

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – History has a sense of irony. Given enough time, members of both major political parties will embrace positions and roles that would have been anathema to their predecessors. Republicans and Democrats find it easy – so easy – to switch places without ever switching jerseys. These days, most Americans […]

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Superintendent of public instruction may become appointed position

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The elected position of the Superintendent of Public Instruction could soon be off Indiana ballots. Senate Bill 179, authored by Sen. James Buck, R-Kokomo, looks to make the job a governor-appointed position. “Senate Bill 179 is not a new subject, it’s been around that I’m aware of for about […]

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More failing schools with accountability formula change

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After changing the method for calculating school accountability grades, Indiana has more failing schools and fewer schools with A’s. The Indiana Department of Education Tuesday released A-F accountability grades for 2016. Failing schools increased by 3.5 percentage points. Schools earning an A dropped by 31.8 percentage points. Members of […]

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Panel gives recommendations for ISTEP replacement

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A panel charged with recommending a replacement for the ISTEP cast a vision Tuesday for a shorter, more efficient standardized test for Hoosier schoolchildren. The recommendations are designed to address many of the concerns that the public has with the controversial standardized test. The panel has struggled with the […]

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2016 ISTEP scores lower than 2015

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After legislators voted to prevent the low 2015 ISTEP scores from negatively affecting educators, the overall 2016 scores for grades three through eight are lower than before. The 2016 test was the second year with the more rigorous standards. The 2015 scores serve as a baseline, according to the […]

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Indiana GOP sweeps statewide offices

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Following a topsy turvy election cycle up and down the ballot, Indiana Republicans managed sweep victories in all statewide elected offices. Governor’s Race Republican Gov.-Elect, Eric Holcomb defeated Democrat John Gregg Tuesday evening carrying 51 percent of the vote with 96 percent of precincts reporting. Holcomb’s victory follows Gov. […]

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Ritz out and McCormick in as schools chief

By Sarah Ramon and Annie Gentry TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As part of the Republican party sweep of statewide offices in Indiana, Democrat Glenda Ritz lost her job as state superintendent of schools to newcomer Republican Jennifer McCormick. “From the very beginning I have made it clear we will always, always put students before politics,” said […]

Candidates for school chief debate covers pre-K, testing and political divide

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Candidates for school chief debate covers pre-K, testing and political divide

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com FORT WAYNE, Ind. — During Monday’s debate between state superintendent of public instruction candidates, Republican nominee Jennifer McCormick revealed new specifics for her pre-K program that echo the plan of her opponent, Democrat Glenda Ritz. McCormick, the current superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools, has regularly said she wants to begin by […]

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Superintendent of public instruction candidates to debate Oct. 17

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The candidates running for state superintendent of public instruction will meet for a debate on Oct. 17. The debate will be held at noon on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The current superintendent, Democrat Glenda Ritz, and the Republican candidate, Jennifer McCormick, will discuss a variety of […]

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State superintendent candidate McCormick hesitant to support universal pre-K

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Despite the growing push for universal pre-K, Republican candidate for state superintendent of public instruction Jennifer McCormick is not ready to support the idea. McCormick, the current superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools, revealed her hesitancy to launch a universal pre-K program in her plan for the Indiana Department of […]

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