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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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Ed board settles public access lawsuit

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education has settled a lawsuit with four people who sued over public access issues, with the state agreeing to pay them $15,500 in attorney fees to drop the case. Ed Eiler, Tony Lux, Julie Hollingsworth and Catherine Fuentes-Rohwer sued the board in December 2013, claiming […]

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Indiana gets NCLB waiver; feds will still monitor teacher evaluations

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Department of Education has extended Indiana’s waiver of some rules imposed by the controversial No Child Left Behind law, despite initial concerns by federal officials that the state wasn’t fulfilling its obligations. The agency removed conditions that had been placed on Indiana’s waiver after a federal inspection […]

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Teachers call for delay on evaluations, school grades based on new ISTEP test

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s largest teachers union wants to push pause on plans to tie next year’s school grades and teacher salaries to a new standardized test that remains under development. The Indiana State Teachers Association is calling on Gov. Mike Pence to “take the lead” in implementing a temporary moratorium […]

Commentary: Indiana: Looking right for No. 1

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Commentary: Indiana: Looking right for No. 1

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com You’ve got your Texas, your Mississippi, even your – Lord save our cheese – Wisconsin. Could the most rightwing state in the union be our own Indiana? I’m tempted to call it a lock after reading a recent piece in the liberal organ Truthout with the headline “The Ultra-Right-Wing State Nobody […]

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State sends 5,000 books home with state fair attendees

INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials and the Indiana National Guard gave away more than 5,000 new and donated children’s book to Hoosier families through the course of the Indiana State Fair. The Department of Education hosted the giveaway in cooperation with the guard’s Books and Boots program. “Through the Hoosier Family of Readers, the department […]

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