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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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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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