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Bill protecting prayer in schools moves forward

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that makes sure school corporations don’t discriminate against students for their religious expression and allows students to pray during school hours advanced Tuesday. House Bill 1024 passed the Education Committee 10-2 a little more than an hour before the deadline for bills to advance out of committee. […]

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Suicide awareness training bill passes House by unanimous vote

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all teachers and other staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness passed through the House with a unanimous vote 93-0. Author of the bill, Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Merrilville, asked her fellow lawmakers to vote […]

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Mother who lost daughter supports youth suicide training in schools

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —  On a rainy night in May 2012, Lana Swoape came home to find her daughter’s body. Just two weeks shy of her 16th birthday, Swoape’s daughter Tori had used a scarf to hang herself using her bedroom doorknob. “I blame myself. I was with her every day,” she said. […]

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Commentary: Panic, the new national pastime

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday, officials in two Hendricks County school systems cancelled classes. – or perhaps several people – had made a sweeping threat to harm a specific student, her friends, her classmates and, for good measure, all blacks and gays. The threat prompted school and law enforcement leaders in Plainfield […]

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Indiana Blue Ribbon schools named

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Several Indiana schools are celebrating the title of being a “Blue Ribbon School” – a title that indicates they routinely exceed expectations and offer exceptional education to our state’s youth. Out of the 335 schools nationally honored, 10 are found in the Hoosier state. “These schools have achieved a level […]

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Feds approve Indiana’s NCLB waiver for schools

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have granted the state a three-year waiver that frees Indiana schools from some of the requirements of the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. The approval comes about 18 months after federal officials had expressed some concerns about the way the state was monitoring troubled schools and […]

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Education board considers ‘hold harmless’ pause in school grading system

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials debated Wednesday whether to pause the state’s A-F grading for one year in anticipation of lower scores that are expected to come after changes in standards and testing this year. But the State Board of Education wants to ensure that won’t conflict with state law. So […]

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Ivy Tech eases application process for dual credit high school students

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Community College launched an online application process for one of the college’s largest student groups Monday. Students participating in Ivy Tech’s high school-based dual credit program will now be able to complete the process online in an easier process. The process will also be able to be completed […]

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Report: Students who take career readiness classes more likely to graduate

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students earning at least six credits geared toward career readiness are more likely to graduate and earn higher ISTEP scores. That’s according to a 2015 Indiana Career Readiness Report released Tuesday. “As superintendent, I have made it a priority to ensure that all students are afforded diverse pathways to personalize […]

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