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Senate committee approves sex education permission slips

By Amari Thompson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would require parents to grant permission to teach their children about human sexuality passed 9-1 in an Indiana Senate committee Wednesday. Senate Bill 65, authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, amends a more than two-decade old statute on how Hoosiers students are taught about sex. In the 1995 bill, […]

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Cursive writing bill passes Senate committee

By Amari Thompson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­— One Indiana senator is making a repeated attempt to include cursive writing in the state’s school curriculum and won the support of the Senate Education and Career Development Committee. Senate Bill 8, authored by Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, passed 9-0 and would require school corporations and charter schools to […]

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Survey of educators shows support for cursive writing

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Cursive writing may no longer be a skill of the past if state Sen. Jean Leising’s bill to mandate that dying art in Indiana schools gets a hearing in the House of Representatives. “Cursive writing is a skill everyone should have, as we use our signature to make purchases, […]

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Five Republicans buck party line on road funding

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Five Republicans voted against the Senate Republican version of the state’s road funding plan that will likely leave Hoosiers paying more in taxes to sustain Indiana roads. The highly-debated transportation bill passed the full Senate Tuesday 34-13. The Senate Republican version includes a 10 cent increase in the gasoline […]

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What’s a service animal? Nobody knows

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The broadness of service dog regulations is letting some Hoosiers have their uncertified loyal companion with them at all times.  The misuse of emotional support animals and service dogs is a problem facing the state, and even the country. The misrepresentation of service dogs has led to many untrained […]

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Later school start date fails with a tie vote

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some Hoosier students will continue to go back to school as early as July after an effort to push the school start back date to the end of August failed.  “Ten years ago school started starting earlier. Now there are schools that are starting in July,” Sen. Jean Leising, […]

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Cursive curriculum wins the Senate, but could lose the House

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to require teaching cursive writing has passed the Senate, but will likely face opposition in the House. Senate Bill 73 would place cursive writing back into the elementary curriculum in schools. Some of the senators who voted against the bill said they are not opposed to the teaching […]

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Mandatory cursive curriculum advances but still faces hurdles

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee crossed their t’s and dotted their i’s to make cursive writing mandatory in elementary school curriculum. Senate Bill 73, making cursive mandatory in schools, passed out of the Education and Career Development committee Wednesday with a 6-4 vote. Author, Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, was not […]

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Senator pushes for mandatory cursive curriculum, again

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, continues the fight to place cursive writing back into the curriculum after the Indiana Department of Education made cursive optional in 2011. Wednesday afternoon, the Education and Career Development committee met to discuss Senate Bill 73. If passed, this bill would add cursive writing back […]

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Committee strips livestock regulation bill; replaces it with Purdue study

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A lawmaker has backed off legislation that would ban local governments from regulating livestock buildings and won support instead for a study of the issue. An amendment passed Monday by the Senate Agriculture Committee says that the Purdue Extension and the Purdue University College of Agriculture will study the […]

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