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Reversing teacher shortage a priority for Indiana’s top educator

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana ranks among the lowest states for teacher recruitment and retention, a fact Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction knows well. “The teacher shortage is real,” said Jennifer McCormick, who was superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools before her election last year. “As a department we can only do so much. […]

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Homeless children find stability through School on Wheels

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – School was a struggle for Jessica Bryant*, who grew up in what she describes as a rough neighborhood on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The school was far from her home, making it difficult for her to get the help she needed with her schoolwork. Thirty years later, Bryant […]

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Textbook tax deduction could level the field for public, private school families

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Public school employees hope a proposed tax deduction could help close the gap between public and private school families. Parents of children enrolled in private schools or homeschooled are already able to deduct up to $1,000 on their taxes for money spent on textbooks, computer software and school supplies. […]

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State submits for education waiver

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz submitted the state’s one-year extension application with a series of amendments on the No Child Left Behind waiver Monday. “I am proud to submit this waiver request,” Ritz said. “The request represents countless hours of work put in by the Indiana Department of Education.” The […]