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Bill would give teachers more free reign in classrooms, schools

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee on Wednesday debated freedom-to-teach legislation that is meant to give teachers more leadership opportunities while keeping them in the classroom. House Bill 1009, authored by Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, aims to put the best educators in front of more students by eliminating some rules for teachers […]

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Dyslexia training bill for teachers moves to full Senate

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to help teachers better understand dyslexia and catch it early passed the Senate Education and Career Development unanimously. House Bill 1108, authored by Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, provides a definition of dyslexia and requires teachers to be trained to recognize it so students they can put students […]

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Guest column: Is federal education aid worth it?

By Craig Ladwig Indiana Policy Review Could Indiana live without 12 percent of its education budget, the $1.2 billion coming from Washington each year? The answer is yes if you trust cost-benefit analysis. The work of an expert in that field, Dr. Maryann O. Keating, writing in the current issue of the quarterly Indiana Policy […]

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Filmmaker criticizes direction of Indiana education policy

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state superintendent of the year told a group of journalism students Friday “there’s no evidence anywhere” that standardized tests, vouchers or charters lead to the best schools. Rocky Killion, who produced a documentary about school reform, said the world’s best school systems have instead “focused on the needs […]

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School officials ask for funding formula changes

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendents from around the state came to a Senate budget subcommittee Tuesday with a similar message: We need your help. For some, that meant more state funding – period. For others, it meant changing the way money is distributed to schools to help urban districts. And to yet others, […]

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Kenley: Slower-than-expected tax revenue warrants cautious spending plan

Sen. Luke Kenley shares his thoughts about writing the budget from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate’s budget architect said he might be a bit more restrained with spending in his version of the next two-year budget because the state has not been meeting its revenue projections for the current […]

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Senate committee postpones vote on teacher tax credit bill

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Teachers would get a $200 tax credit to help pay for classroom supplies under legislation considered Wednesday by the Senate Education Committee. “Teachers spend much more than $200 a year on supplies in their classrooms and giving teachers this moderate tax break will help them tremendously,” said Caryl Auslander, […]

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Bill would educate students about their college loans

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students using loans to pay for college may get some extra help when it comes to gathering information about their debt load if a House bill becomes law. Universities would have to provide students with an annual report that details a total loan amount estimate, an estimate of interest […]

Guest column: Republicans aren’t fixing what ails schools

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Guest column: Republicans aren’t fixing what ails schools

By Rep Greg Porter State representative The ink had barely dried on the biennial state budget approved by the Indiana House Republican supermajority when it was discovered that the school funding formula that the budget supposedly had “fixed” hadn’t been fixed at all. It turns out that flawed data involving the free and reduced lunch […]

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$32.4 billion budget bill moves to Senate on party-line vote

    By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a $31.5 billion, two-year budget Tuesday that boosts funding for K-12 education and spends more on domestic violence programs, community corrections, tourism and mass transit. The bill passed 68-29 largely on party lines, with minority Democrats complaining that the plan cuts funding to urban […]

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