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Pence: Teachers and schools should be treated fairly during assessment “transition year”

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is working with Republican lawmakers to craft legislation meant to protect teacher bonuses despite decreased standardized testing scores. Pence said in a letter to Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education that the lower scores were expected and are typical when a state transitions to […]

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Grants announced to help educators pursuing national certification

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education announced a new grant Tuesday designed to help educators obtain national certification by easing the financial burden that often accompanies the process. Educators pursuing a National Board of Certified Teachers title are eligible to apply for the grant. So are those who already have the […]

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State receives approval to implement Educator Equity Plan

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Thanks to the approval of the Indiana Department of Education’s Educator Equity Plan, the state now has permission to implement additional strategies designed to provide quality education to all students, Approval of the plan came this week from the U.S. Department of Education. The plans are strategies aimed at ensuring all students […]

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Eight schools awarded grant money to improve student performance

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than $8 million is headed to eight Indiana schools to help them make improvements designed to raise achievement levels in low performing schools. Glenda Ritz, state superintendent of public instruction announced the recipients of the federal School Improvement Grants Wednesday. “I am happy to announce the recipients of the […]

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Department of Education announces launch of INschool 2.0 mobile app

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, announced the launch of a new version of the department’s mobile app Thursday. “Administrators and teachers have been communicating with parents via report cards, flyers and parent-teacher conferences for decades,” Ritz said. “And over the past decade, there have been a number of technological […]

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Department of Education announces income guidelines for free and reduced lunch

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As the school year ramps for students around the state, the Department of Education has announced the guidelines for free and reduced lunch. It’s part of the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs. Students whose families qualify under federal guidelines may receive free or reduced price meals […]

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High school diploma changes approved

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved proposed changes to Indiana’s high school diploma requirements on Thursday. “The new diploma requirements are more academically challenging and set clearer expectations for college and career readiness,” said Teresa Lubbers, Indiana commissioner for higher education. “Our goal is for all students to be […]

Commentary: No place for amateurs

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Commentary: No place for amateurs

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In different ways, Glenda Ritz and Donald Trump demonstrate how difficult it is to run for high office. And, in their different ways, both also demonstrate how valuable the skills of a gifted politician – skills we citizens often disparage – can be. Ritz ended her ill-fated campaign for […]

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Glenda Ritz drops out of race for governor

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz has dropped out of the race for governor. Ritz made the announcement Friday evening. “Now is not the right time for me to run for governor,” Ritz said in a statement. “Under my leadership, I have brought the discussion of public education into the public discourse […]

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ISTEP+ scoring problems brought to light during Board of Education meeting

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — ISTEP+ scores and school accountability grades could be delayed after officials discovered problems with the way tests were being scored. The State Board of Education heard from the Department of Education and ISTEP+ assessment vendor CTB/McGraw Hill on Wednesday during the regularly scheduled August meeting. “We need to add […]

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