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30 Laws in 30 Days: Families to receive diplomas for deceased high school seniors

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 23rd in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Jerrold Parker was only weeks away from finishing his classes at Pike High School when he was murdered in Indianapolis on February 3, 2016. “It feels […]

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30 laws in 30 days: Students completing core Spanish classes to have designation on transcript

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students who complete a minimum core group of Spanish classes in high school will soon have something to show for it. House Bill 1209, signed into law earlier this year, outlines a core of Spanish class requirements for high school students. Upon successful completion of the courses, students will […]

Column: My advice to the class of 2016

Column: My advice to the class of 2016

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I originally wrote this for a speech I gave at a commencement last year. I thought what I said was so cool, that I decided to go ahead and reprint it here. I thought it was even more pertinent because my family just had its first third-generation college graduate and two […]

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Indiana Blue Ribbon schools named

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Several Indiana schools are celebrating the title of being a “Blue Ribbon School” – a title that indicates they routinely exceed expectations and offer exceptional education to our state’s youth. Out of the 335 schools nationally honored, 10 are found in the Hoosier state. “These schools have achieved a level […]

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Pences set to travel to Virginia for son’s Marine Corp graduation

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence are traveling to Virginia for their son Michael’s graduation Wednesday. Michael Pence graduates from The Basic School for United States Marine Corps officers. “Karen and I couldn’t be more proud of our son Michael as he completes his training as an officer […]

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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 […]

Analysis: Graduation season has lessons, inspiration for all of us

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Analysis: Graduation season has lessons, inspiration for all of us

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The names may be familiar to especially careful readers. Alec Gray, Jacob Rund, Adam Lee, Olivia Covington, Seth Morin, Hannah Troyer, Ellie Price, Chris Arnold and Emily Metheny. They’ve all been writers, photographers, designers and videographers for TheStatehouseFile.com in just the past year. Their stories have run in newspapers […]

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Supporters encourage lawmakers to make a seal available for bilingual graduates

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Students proficient in two or more languages may have an opportunity to add a seal to their high school transcripts – a move supporters say will give them an edge when it comes to higher education and the job market. A House committee heard testimony on Senate Bill […]

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Student loan bill moves to Gov. Pence’s desk for signature

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation passed the Senate on Tuesday that would give students accumulating education debt a clearer picture of exactly what they will owe. The bill now moves to Gov. Mike Pence for approval. House Bill 1042, authored by Rep. Casey Cox, R- Fort Wayne, would require postsecondary educational institutions to […]

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Video & story: Committee postpones vote on bill to require civics test for graduation

Students may have to take civics exam to graduate on Vimeo. By Dyala Akermawi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Only half of U.S. adults can name all three branches of government, according to the Intercollegiate Studies Institute – and state Rep. Tim Wesco, R-Osceola, finds that troubling. To help combat the issue, Wesco authored House Bill 1296, […]

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