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Non-waiver grad rate moves up slightly, overall rate steady

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Graduation rates remained relatively unchanged from 2012 to 2013 but the state’s top educator said she still sees signs of progress. The Indiana Department of Education released 2013 graduation rate data Wednesday that showed a graduation rate statewide of 88.7 percent. However, the data also showed that the state’s […]

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Education Roundtable to consider draft K-12 academic standards

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials have released draft academic standards for grades K-12 that combine elements of Common Core, previous Indiana guidelines and recommendations from outside organizations. The proposed standards – available online at http://www.in.gov/sboe/2505.htm – will be considered by the state’s Education Roundtable next week and then the State Board of […]

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Draft of K-12 standards set to go to Education Roundtable

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com This story has since changed – please see the updated version at http://thestatehousefile.com/education-roundtable-consider-draft-k-12-academic-standards/15761/ INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials have released draft academic standards for grades K-12 that combine elements of Common Core, previous Indiana guidelines and recommendations from outside organizations. The proposed standards – available online at http://www.in.gov/sboe/2505.htm – will be considered by […]

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Schools label few teachers, administrators as ‘ineffective’

Vast majority of educators rated in top 2 categories By Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Only a tiny fraction of Indiana’s educators were deemed ineffective while more than one quarter earned the highest possible marks during the first year of a state-mandated evaluation system. Performance results released Monday by the Department of […]

Analysis: New teacher data has its limitations

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Analysis: New teacher data has its limitations

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s usually a given that parents want their children in class with the best teachers. And so it will be tempting – when the Department of Education releases teacher evaluation data on Monday– to compare how many educators at one school received the highest ratings compared with those at […]

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New law allows guns on school property in locked vehicles

By Erika Brock TheStatehousefile.com INDIANPOLIS – Guns will be allowed on school property as long as they are concealed in locked vehicles under a bill signed by Gov. Mike Pence Wednesday. Julie Slavens, staff attorney for the Indiana School Boards Association, said the law “ties the school boards’ hands.” She said the ISBA supports local […]

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Charter board gets new director

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An Eli Lilly & Co. manager will be the new executive director of the Indiana Charter School Board. Nick LeRoy will lead the state board, which reviews, approves and regulates some of the state’s charter schools. The charter board released its first annual report this week. It’s posted at www.in.gov/icsb/2403.htm. […]

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Analysis: Bullying has no place in the Statehouse

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One thing I’ve always loved about covering the General Assembly is seeing people come to the Statehouse and make a case. Whether they’re arguing for a bill or against a bill, telling their own stories or that of a loved one, or simply sharing a heart-felt belief, it’s great […]

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Pence declares victory in legislative session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence declared a legislative victory just 12 hours after the House and Senate adjourned for the year on Thursday night, saying he had won support for most of his agenda. The governor’s staff handed out a list of 20 of his bills the General Assembly passed. But […]

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Bill headed to Pence allows guns in school parking lots

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The legislature passed a bill Thursday that would make it legal to leave firearms locked and concealed in vehicles on school property. Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, said the bill makes changes that are “common sense” and it is meant to keep “law abiding citizens” from being charged with felonies. […]

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