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Governor signs fast-tracked bill to shorten ISTEP exam

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Monday to reduce the time students will spend taking the ISTEP test that begins this week – just hours after the House and Senate approved the legislation unanimously. “Hoosier students, teachers and parents can breathe easier now that this year’s ISTEP […]

Commentary: Teachers, politicians and innocent bystanders

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Commentary: Teachers, politicians and innocent bystanders

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —   At a Saturday morning meeting sponsored by his local chamber of commerce, Indiana Rep. Wes Culver, R-Goshen, launched this missile at the Indiana State Teachers Association. “The world would be a better place without the ISTA,” Culver said, according to some fine reporting by The Goshen News. At […]

Commentary: Ritz, Bennett, Pence — adults fighting in front of children

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Commentary: Ritz, Bennett, Pence — adults fighting in front of children

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, the Indiana Department of Education was a great place to go to take a good long nap. For 16 years, Republican Suellen Reed served as the state’s superintendent of public instruction. She got along with people. She worked with Democratic governors. She worked with Republican […]

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Ritz would lose post as board chair under bill passed by Senate

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a controversial bill Tuesday that removes state Superintendent Glenda Ritz as the chair of the State Board of Education and give its members the ability to elect their own leader. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, would end an arrangement unique to Indiana […]

Commentary: The Ritz ‘record’

Commentary: The Ritz ‘record’

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org As I attended the #Rally4Rtiz at the statehouse this week and listened to supporters of Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz chant about how the State Board of Education (SBE) and lawmakers would not let her do her job, all I could say to myself was this was the equivalent of […]

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Supporters rally for Superintendent Ritz, public education

Over a thousand gather to rally for public education from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANPOLIS – More than 1,000 teachers and supporters of public schools of had already been rallying for well more than an hour when the woman they’d been fighting for made an appearance. “I am an educator,” state Superintendent […]

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Webcast: Controversy over the ISTEP, funding for domestic violence programs & more

TheStatehouseFile TV – Episode 6 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. You may also like Webcast: The budget, gambling controversies and a … Frankly Speaking podcast: Pence won’t talk g… Analysis: Pence keeps his opinions about gambling … Former Sen. Landske remembered as ‘true publ…

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Frankly Speaking podcast: The ISTEP, the budget and the Pence Watch

Hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener debate the week’s news at the Indiana Statehouse, focusing on the ISTEP debacle and the state budget. You may also like Webcast: The budget, gambling controversies and a … Frankly Speaking podcast: Pence won’t talk g… Analysis: Pence keeps his opinions about gambling … Former Sen. Landske remembered as […]

Ritz makes moves to reduce ISTEP exam by 3+ hours

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Ritz makes moves to reduce ISTEP exam by 3+ hours

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The ISTEP test would be reduced by about three hours in all grades under changes state Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced Friday. Ritz will also seek legislative approval to eliminate a social studies section she said is required under state law, a move that could shave another hour off the […]

Commentary: Glenda Ritz at the center of the storm

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Commentary: Glenda Ritz at the center of the storm

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Glenda Ritz doesn’t look like a woman who provokes outrage. A petite woman with an open face, Indiana’s embattled superintendent of public instruction answers questions with the grace of a veteran during an hour-long conversation on the radio show I host. She even smiles during a lot of it. […]

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