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Budget moves to conference committee; revenue forecast to determine final spending

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a two-year, $31.5 billion budget Wednesday but the plan is about to go under the knife. The Republican-written budget includes more money for K-12 schools, technical programs and state universities, with a particular emphasis on Indiana University and Purdue University regional campuses. But the proposal’s main […]

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Video & story: Senate budget boosts funding for schools, highways; Kenley warns cuts may be coming

Senate unveiled proposed budget from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Republicans revealed a two-year, $31.5 billion budget Thursday that boosts funding for schools, universities and highways and leaves the state with nearly $1.9 billion in the bank. But the plan’s architect warned immediately that lower-than-expected tax receipts mean the budget […]

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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 […]

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