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Two bills preventing damage from 2015 ISTEP signed into law

By Shayla Jones TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two bills signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence Thursday will prevent 2015 ISTEP performance scores from negatively impacting schools and educators. “We came together to put our kids, and our teachers and our schools first, just as Hoosiers would expect us to do,” Pence said. “Today demonstrates that leaders […]

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State employees eligible for raises in 2016

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State employees could see a boost in pay next year. Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday state employees who meet expectations will receive a 3 percent raise. Employees who exceed expectations will receive a 4 percent raise.  Those who are considered outstanding will receive a 6 percent raise. In a […]

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IPS upping pay to help attract and retain quality teachers

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Educators in the Indianapolis Public School district are receiving their first significant pay hike in five years. Amid the teacher shortage, IPS prioritized teacher raises as a step in retaining and attracting quality teachers. “Research clearly shows that teachers have the most direct impact on student achievement,” Justin Ohlemiller, […]

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Students to gain a better idea of student loan debt

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Colleges and universities now have new tools to help them meet the requirements of the “truth in borrowing” legislation signed into law. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has provided guidance and templates designed to give Hoosier students a clearer picture of where they will stand financially upon graduation. The […]

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State will work with two districts to create new teacher pay models

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education announced Monday that it will partner with two school districts – Milan Community Schools and Randolph Community Schools – to explore ways to improve teacher pay structures. In 2011, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation that requires schools to consider more factors […]