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State ed board gets five new members; Elsener, Oliver aren’t reappointed

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education will have five new members when it goes back to work in June – the result of an overhaul ordered by the General Assembly. The new board will be without some of its most divisive figures from the past two years – including Marian […]

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New ed board will get new executive director

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A newly appointed State Board of Education will get to choose its own executive director. Robert Guffin, the man currently in the position, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of May after roughly a year in the position. That change comes as the board undergoes changes […]

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Guest column: Pence says budget invests ‘in our future like never before’

By Mike Pence Indiana governor Last December I called upon the Indiana General Assembly to make this an education session, and the results are clear. In this biennial budget, we made historic investments in education at every level from pre-K all the way through our adult high schools, because education will not only help our […]

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Pence signs ed board bill, other education legislation

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed several education bills Thursday that will revamp the State Board of Education, speed up state intervention into failing schools and give teachers more flexibility to experiment in the classroom. “The achievements of this legislative session highlight our commitment to high-quality education, and by passing bills that […]

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Pence signs budget $31 billion, two-year budget bill

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com LEBANON, Ind. – Gov. Mike Pence signed a two-year, $31.3 billion state budget into law on Thursday surrounded by kids at Perry Worth Elementary School in Boone County. The bill means $460 million more for public schools and private school vouchers plus another $20 million in extra funding for charter schools. And […]

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New A-F school grading system approved, despite more board infighting

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education approved a new A-F grading system for schools on Thursday, despite the state superintendent’s concerns that the rules have mistakes or ambiguities that will make implementing them difficult. The revamped system is designed to put more emphasis on student improvement – rather than simply […]

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Webcast: 2015 session wrap up

Anchors Natavia Howell and Adam Lee have the headlines for the last week of the 2015 legislative session. TheStatehouseFile.com webcast – May 2, 2015 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. You may also like Tim Berry appointed to serve the Department of Fin… A new director is appointed to the Indiana Gaming … New education appointees hopeful […]

How Gov. Pence fared on 4 key agenda items

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How Gov. Pence fared on 4 key agenda items

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers handed Gov. Mike Pence wins on nearly every piece of his legislative agenda during the 2015 session that ended late Wednesday. It was almost a sweep. And even some legislators seemed surprised by how well the Republican governor – who just weeks ago seemed crippled by a furor […]

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Budget deal means more for schools, charters and teachers

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Most charter schools would get additional money, teachers would get a $100 tax credit and the governor’s regional cities initiative would be funded under a budget compromise the House and Senate reached Tuesday. The $31.3 billion, two-year plan – which should be approved and sent to Gov. Mike Pence […]

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Gambling, education, criminal justice bills still unresolved going into session’s last day

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers were still working late Tuesday to make deals on key bills about gambling, education and local criminal justice programs with just one day left in the 2015 legislative session. Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said a proposed agreement on the gambling bill will allow riverboat casinos to […]

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