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Superintendent of public instruction may become appointed position

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The elected position of the Superintendent of Public Instruction could soon be off Indiana ballots. Senate Bill 179, authored by Sen. James Buck, R-Kokomo, looks to make the job a governor-appointed position. “Senate Bill 179 is not a new subject, it’s been around that I’m aware of for about […]

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ISTEP re-scoring SOTs

SOTs: [:22] Danielle Shockey / Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction / Department of Education [:24] John O’neal / Indiana State Teachers Association Lobbyist [:10] Ashley Gibson / Stand for Children Lobbyist   SCRIPT: {ANCHOR} YOUR CHILD’S I-STEP SCORE MIGHT BE GETTING A SECOND LOOK. {VO} LAWMAKERS ARE CONSIDERING RE-SCORING SOME OF THE TESTS FROM THE […]

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Bill prevents 2015 ISTEP from damaging school accountability grades

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A proposed bill could ensure that schools will not be held liable for their A-F accountability grade during the 2014-2015 year. Author Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, believes the change would aid the transition to more challenging academic standards in the future. “The legislature was sensitive and aware that these […]

Commentary: Education reform and the war on teachers’ unions

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Commentary: Education reform and the war on teachers’ unions

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – This session of the Indiana General Assembly blows away a lot of the smoke surrounding the nasty debate about education in the Hoosier state. The fighting really isn’t about children or performance or accountability or competitiveness. It really isn’t even about education. It’s about power. It’s about who wields […]

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Bill requires schools to take employees’ kids – wherever they live

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A House committee passed a bill Thursday that requires schools to let their employees’ kids attend classes there – even if they live in a different district. Under current law, schools can permit students to transfer from other districts but are not required to allow it. House Bill 1056 […]

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Teachers call for delay on evaluations, school grades based on new ISTEP test

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s largest teachers union wants to push pause on plans to tie next year’s school grades and teacher salaries to a new standardized test that remains under development. The Indiana State Teachers Association is calling on Gov. Mike Pence to “take the lead” in implementing a temporary moratorium […]

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Commentary: Leadership needed to resolve education conflict

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The two sides in Indiana’s huge education war have at least one thing in common. Each side believes that it is completely in the right and that the mess that is Indiana’s education leadership is entirely the other side’s fault. The debacle began last year when Democrat Glenda Ritz […]

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ISTA agrees to settlement in teacher retirement fraud case

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state has reached a settlement with the state’s largest teachers unions in a case that alleges the group defrauded Hoosiers districts out of more than $27 million in retirement funds for teachers. Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Tuesday that the Indiana State Teachers Association and National Education […]

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Teachers union tells state high court that vouchers are unconstitutional

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An attorney for the state’s largest teachers’ union told the Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday that the state’s private school voucher program is unconstitutional because it uses taxpayer money to fund religious activities. Indiana’s school choice scholarships – more c ommonly known as vouchers – passed the General Assembly […]

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Educators say they like graduation waivers

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Educators and education advocates testified Wednesday that they support a waiver system that allows students to graduate without passing End of Course Assessment tests. Supporters said that the waiver program provides flexibility to students who are competent in their courses, but may not be good at taking tests. “Everyone […]

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