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Protection for prayer in school passes the House

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill designed to protect students’ rights to voluntarily pray during school hours passed the House Monday. Although the House Bill 1024 has several components, in essence, it allows students to express their religious beliefs in homework, artwork, clothing and aloud without fear of discrimination from their peers, teachers […]

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Department of Education outlines plan to prevent child abuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, is proposing her plan to prevent child abuse in schools. The plan includes additional training for school employees and streamlining the license revocation process. “No student can learn unless they are safe,” Ritz said in a statement. “As a lifelong educator, I know […]

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State Board of Ed elects new vice-chair

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher, Cari Whicker, now serves as the new Indiana State Board of Education Vice-Chair. “It is an incredible honor to be elected as the new Vice-Chair of the Indiana State Board of Education,” said Whicker. “We all serve on this board to do […]

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O’Brien stepping down from SBOE

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education is preparing for a change in its makeup. Sarah O’Brien, vice-chair for the board, will be stepping down after the next meeting on August 10. O’Brien said she will be focusing her attention on addressing the care of her daughter who has had a variety […]

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Gregg, Ritz detail proposal for statewide pre-K program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Democratic candidate for governor, John Gregg, teamed up Thursday to discuss their vision to establish the first statewide, pre-Kindergarten program in state history. “We know the benefits of early learning, that’s why John Gregg and I are committed to ensuring that every […]

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Department of Education adds to certified school safety personnel

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 450 new School Safety Specialists received certifications Monday from The Indiana Department of Education and Indiana School Safety Academy. “Every child in Indiana deserves to attend a school with a safe and secure learning environment,” Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said in a press release. […]

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Hoosiers encouraged to walk or bike to school on May 4

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Community service organizations are encouraging Hoosiers walk or bike to school and work on May 4 to promote healthy transportation options. Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership and Health by Design want schools and parents to participate in the National Bike to School Day. Last year, more than 45 schools […]

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New standards for school safety await the governor’s approval

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Schools could soon have more guidance on how to respond to emergency situations. “I am pleased that this important legislation has passed the General Assembly and is one step closer to becoming law,” Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville said in a statement. “With the recent increase in school threats and […]

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SOTs: ISTEP bill passes out of committee

ISTEP matters – bill would phase out the test by 2017 Rep. Robert Behning, R-Indianapolis “I would say that the test implementation was flawed, I wouldn’t say that ISTEP in general is flawed, I think that there is no question across the state that everyone believes what happened this year was a disaster.” [:13] “As […]

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Video: Students chase fireflies to state capitol

 

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