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Feds approve Indiana’s NCLB waiver for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have granted the state a three-year waiver that frees Indiana schools from some of the requirements of the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. The approval comes about 18 months after federal officials had expressed some concerns about the way the state was monitoring troubled schools and […]

Commentary: Ritz’s rocky road

Commentary: Ritz’s rocky road

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Whenever I am asked what I think about the Glenda Ritz’s campaign for governor, I used to tell people it reminds me of a movie that’s supposed to be a giant summer blockbuster, but instead the trailers were the best parts. However, in the wake of last week’s news regarding her […]

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New A-F grading criteria for schools approved by state

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The State of Indiana has given the final approval to the new A-F accountability rule for schools. The new rule will base the grade rating for schools on performance and growth weighed equally. Performance and growth will be weighed 50/50 in grades 3-8 and 20/20 in high schools. High schools […]

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Ritz raises far less than Gregg, Pence in governor’s race

By Max Bomber TheStatehosueFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat John Gregg raised more money than any other gubernatorial candidate the first half of the year, but incumbent Republican Mike Pence has far more cash on hand to start the campaign. Gregg raised nearly $1.8 million in the six-month reporting period, with Pence a close second with $1.6 […]

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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 […]

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