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Indianapolis mayor, first graders celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Mayor Joe Hogsett immersed himself in the world of Dr. Seuss as he read one of Seuss’ famous books and shared actual green eggs and ham with a first grade class Monday. Global Preparatory Academy celebrated Dr. Seuss’ 113th birthday with Hogsett as he went to multiple classrooms and […]

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Children’s book about sharing wins Indiana early literacy award

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A children’s book about sharing, friendship and hats has won the second annual Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. The Indiana State Library announced “Hooray for Hat!” written and illustrated by Brian Won as this year’s winner. “I am both thrilled and honored that ‘Hooray for Hat!’ received the Indiana […]

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Colts, DCS raise money for books for foster children

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers can soon join the Backpack Challenge to encourage foster children to read. On March 10, the Indiana Department of Child Services and the Indianapolis Colts will launch a 10-day Twitter campaign called the #100in10 Backpack Challenge. The primary goal of this challenge is to raise money to purchase […]

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Indiana students score above average on national report card

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence expressed his pride in Indiana students and teachers for their academic success showcased on the national report card. “Every Hoosier should be proud that Indiana’s kids and teachers have once again outperformed their peers,” Pence said in a media release. “This success is a testament to our […]

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Dyslexia training bill headed to governor for approval

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –A bill to help teachers better understand dyslexia and notice signs of the disorder is now headed to the governor’s desk. The Senate passed House Bill 1108, which was authored by Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, on Monday. The bill provides a definition of dyslexia and requires teachers to be trained […]

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Bill aims to help teachers deal with dyslexic students

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — One in five individuals have dyslexia and Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, has authored a bill to address the issue inside Indiana classrooms. House Bill 1108, which defines dyslexia and trains teachers to recognize it, would put students on the right reading and learning track early. “My bill is designed […]

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Bill to shift reading test to 2nd grade moves to full Senate

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would move Indiana’s third grade reading test, IREAD-3, to the second grade is one step closer to becoming law. Senate Bill 169 is now heading to the full senate for consideration after it unanimously passed the Senate Education and Career Development Committee on Wednesday. The bill, […]

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State sends 5,000 books home with state fair attendees

INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials and the Indiana National Guard gave away more than 5,000 new and donated children’s book to Hoosier families through the course of the Indiana State Fair. The Department of Education hosted the giveaway in cooperation with the guard’s Books and Boots program. “Through the Hoosier Family of Readers, the department […]

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Secretary of state pushes financial literacy with reading program for kids

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Secretary of State’s office launched a summer reading program Monday to promote financial literacy and smart money management to young Hoosiers. “You are never too young to learn how money and smart decisions affect you,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “I hope Hoosier students will learn […]

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Ritz proposes veterans-to-teacher scholarship program

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Veterans could receive scholarships and college credits for their military experience if they pursue K-12 teaching under a proposal backed by state Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Sen. Susan Glick of LaGrange. The proposal – which would expand the Combat to College program that Glick pushed into law earlier this […]

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