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Pence administration seeks applicants for technical curriculum grants

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANANPOLIS – State education officials are seeking applicants for grants for what’s called the Innovative Career and Technical Education curriculums. About $1.3 million in grant funds are available from the Indiana Works Councils and the Center for Education & Career Innovation. The grants are designed to encourage innovative and collaborative career and […]

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Schools get money to fund field trips to state parks

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 1,500 elementary, middle and high school students in Indiana could learn more about the outdoors this school year under a grant program that supports field trips to state parks and reservoirs. More than 20 schools will receive money for transportation costs, program fees and classroom supplies related to […]

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Analysis: Free textbooks not likely to make next year’s budget

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz wants lawmakers to start spending another $70 million annually to make textbooks free for all Hoosiers. But it’s going to be a tough sell. Democrats have tried for years to get majority Republicans to go along with the idea. But the hefty price tag has […]

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Ed board approves controversial teaching permit

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – College grads with a B average could gain a permit to teach in public schools simply by passing tests in their assigned subject areas under new rules approved Wednesday by the State Board of Education. The teachers would be required to complete training on classroom instruction to renew the […]

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Indiana gets NCLB waiver; feds will still monitor teacher evaluations

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Department of Education has extended Indiana’s waiver of some rules imposed by the controversial No Child Left Behind law, despite initial concerns by federal officials that the state wasn’t fulfilling its obligations. The agency removed conditions that had been placed on Indiana’s waiver after a federal inspection […]

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Teachers call for delay on evaluations, school grades based on new ISTEP test

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s largest teachers union wants to push pause on plans to tie next year’s school grades and teacher salaries to a new standardized test that remains under development. The Indiana State Teachers Association is calling on Gov. Mike Pence to “take the lead” in implementing a temporary moratorium […]

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Glenda Ritz: The truth about CECI

By Glenda Ritz State Superintendent of Public Instruction As superintendent, my sole focus has been on creating an education system of equity and high quality. The 2013 General Assembly trusted me and the State Board of Education to embark upon improvements to our standards, assessments, and accountability system. This has resulted in the adoption of […]

Commentary: Glenda, get a grip

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Commentary: Glenda, get a grip

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org When Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz complains that the governor and anyone else who believes in high academic standards, accountability and competence are trying to undermine her authority, all I can think of is the old joke about the two kids who murdered their parents and then asked the judge […]

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State settlement with testing company tops $3 million in credits, services

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – CTB/McGraw-Hill will provide up to $3.4 million in credits and services to the state and Indiana schools to make up for problems with 2013 ISTEP testing. In an agreement signed last fall but only made public on Wednesday, the company says it will reduce the cost of its next […]

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ISTEP scores up slightly as DOE prepares to change test

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – ISTEP test scores increased again in 2014 – but barely. The Indiana Department of Education released the standardized test scores Friday. The data shows a small increase throughout all subject areas at the statewide level: English/Language Arts: 80.7 percent of Indiana students passed, up from 79.5 percent in 2013. […]

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