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2016 ISTEP scores lower than 2015

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After legislators voted to prevent the low 2015 ISTEP scores from negatively affecting educators, the overall 2016 scores for grades three through eight are lower than before. The 2016 test was the second year with the more rigorous standards. The 2015 scores serve as a baseline, according to the […]

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2016 House & Senate Broll


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Small business owners say unemployment, other government systems don’t work for them

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Janet South took a deep breath before she spoke. The owner of DECO Group, a commercial painting company in Indianapolis, said she didn’t want to sound heartless. But she told members of the Indiana General Assembly’s Small Business Caucus that she and other business leaders have a problem: They […]

Veteran analyst to take over nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency

Staff report TheStatehouseFile INDIANAPOLIS – A veteran of the nonprofit Legislative Services Agency will take over the department’s leadership and oversee 80 staffers that provide legal services, fiscal analysis and other services to lawmakers. The new LSA executive director, George Angelone, will report directly to House and Senate leaders. He will take over for Jack […]

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Committee charged with studying child services agency has yet to get going

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A legislative group charged with evaluating issues at the Department of Child Services – including its controversial abuse hotline – is expected to begin its work in the coming weeks. But no date has been set for an initial meeting and one member is questioning whether the […]

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Lawmakers look to stiffen penalties in some illegal entry caes

By Shelby Salazar The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A legislative committee has recommended tougher penalties for officers who enter a home illegally and cause harm to someone inside – a reaction to an Indiana Supreme Court decision that makes it illegal for homeowners to physically bar police from entry. In a short 25-minute meeting Thursday […]