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More than 300 Indiana schools rated Four Stars

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 300 schools were named Indiana Four Star Schools for 2012-13 by the Indiana Department of Education Tuesday. “I am honored to name these (311) schools as our Four Star Schools for this year,” Glenda Ritz, Superintendent of Public Instruction, said in a statement. “Winning this award required […]

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Education Roundtable to consider draft K-12 academic standards

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials have released draft academic standards for grades K-12 that combine elements of Common Core, previous Indiana guidelines and recommendations from outside organizations. The proposed standards – available online at http://www.in.gov/sboe/2505.htm – will be considered by the state’s Education Roundtable next week and then the State Board of […]

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House education committee considering plan to replace Common Core

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would replace the current national Common Core program for Indiana schools with a state developed program was the focus of a House of Representatives education committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 91, authored by Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, would create higher education standards for the state in response […]

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Schools have flexible options for making up snow days

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Severe winter weather has forced schools across Indiana to cancel classes numerous times, leaving the question of if that time would need to be made up. Thursday, the Indiana Department of Education released a plan offering schools options to makeup snow days. According to the department, the required makeup […]

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More student internships opportunities could benefit economy

By Danielle Faczan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Schools and businesses can partner up for student internship opportunities under a bill that passed 10-1 in the House Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee Wednesday. House Bill 1003, authored by Rep. Steven Braun, R-Zionsville, would create programs that help high school students obtain the skills they need […]

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Teachers could receive money for student loans under proposed bill

By Halie Solea TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bipartisan group in the Indiana House is working to give some public elementary or high school teachers $9,000 towards their student loans after three consecutive years of teaching. Teachers would only be eligible if they teach a course in science, technology, engineering or mathematics – known as STEM […]

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Critics question educational value of State Fair attendance

By Ally Marlow TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Students could be able to miss up to three days of school in order to participate in the State Fair if the Education and Career Development Committee can agree on the bill. But given the confusion among lawmakers on what the word “participates” truly entails, that might not happen. Sen. […]

In Indiana, not all snow days are equal

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In Indiana, not all snow days are equal

By Cam Savage TheStatehouseFile.com Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, has announced that schools that closed this week due to the weather emergency will not have to make up those days despite a state law that requires students to receive a minimum of 180 days of instruction per year. The decision, unquestionably popular with […]

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Analysis: Pence, Rockport, marriage & more – 2013 in review

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Republican Mike Pence became governor last January, sending Mitch Daniels officially up to Purdue University, I thought that might be the high point of the political year. After all, Pence’s campaign had not promised a controversial agenda for the legislature and there were no elections on the calendar. […]

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Analysis: Ed board enjoys reprieve from bickering

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the State Board of Education meeting went off Friday without a hitch, it was hard to tell who was more relieved – the participants or the observers. Certainly, there was a collective sigh of relief. For months now, the board has been bickering. Or more accurately, the 10 […]

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