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Analysis: Education funding depends on upcoming fiscal forecast

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans are talking big about boosting state funding for public schools over the next two years, but it’s not clear yet whether the cash will be available to make that happen. Already, House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, has said that his caucus wants to provide a larger overall increase […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Pence’s education agenda, CECI elimination & more

This week, hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener discuss the education agendas of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and state Superintendent Glenda Ritz. Of course, we’ve got the Pence Watch and audio clips from Pence, Ritz and State Budget Director Brian Bailey.

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Ritz asks for free textbooks, more money for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz asked lawmakers Thursday for $500 million in additional spending on education during the next two years – including more money for testing as well as free textbooks for all public school students. Most of the new money – more than $334 million – would go […]

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Analysis: Eliminating CECI makes sense, might not make a difference

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It was one of those moments when you could just feel everyone in the room stop tapping on their phones or clicking at their laptops and look up – even though you didn’t actually see them do it. You couldn’t have seen it. You were looking up too. Right at […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Pence’s immigration suit, a new poll and education squabbles

This week we talk about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to join a multi-state suit against the president’s immigration policy, a new Hoosier Survey that measures voters’ opinions on public policy issues, and problems between the state Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the education board. Ball State’s Ray Scheele and ChalkBeat Indiana’s Scott Elliott are guests.

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Pence to eliminate divisive education agency, ask lawmakers to remove Ritz as state ed board chair

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday he will dissolve a controversial education agency he created last year as part of an effort to “restore trust and harmony” with Democratic Superintendent Glenda Ritz. Pence said he will also ask the General Assembly to let the State Board of Education elect […]

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Ed board wants more authority, money to intervene in failing schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com ‪INDIANAPOLIS – Struggling schools would be subject to takeovers and other interventions after four years of Ds and Fs instead of six years of failing grades under legislative recommendations the State Board of Education made Wednesday. ‪During another tense meeting, members also voted to take control over federal money earmarked for […]

Commentary: Destroying schools in order to save schools

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Commentary: Destroying schools in order to save schools

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Well, Indiana’s legislative leaders have gotten one thing out of the way. We now know what the worst idea to come out of the 2105 session of the Indiana General Assembly likely will be. A few days ago, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Indiana Senate President Pro […]

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Legislative leaders say fights among education officials are unacceptable

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislative leaders say they remain frustrated at the “dysfunctional” relationship among state education officials and will step in if the sides can’t resolve their differences – soon. On the eve the legislature’s Organization Day for the 2015 session, House Speaker Brian Bosma said he’s concerned enough that he’s thinking […]

Commentary: The many shall get what the few paid for

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Commentary: The many shall get what the few paid for

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com When conservatives can run successfully against a president who has presided over reduced government spending, reduced deficits, lowered unemployment, record heights of corporate wealth, a health-care program that pleases both the public and the health-care industry, and even sub-$3 gas, perhaps irrational fear of the first man of his color to […]

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