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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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Virtual charter school shuttered over financial, management issues

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Trine University board will shut down the online-only school it chartered three years ago due to management and academic problems, leaving more than 1,100 Hoosier students from across Indiana to find a new place to attend classes. The parents of Indiana Cyber Charter School students were notified Wednesday […]

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State considers high school diplomas that require more classes, more math

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Career Council has proposed to revamp high school diplomas to require more classes and boost the amount of math students must take to graduate. The proposed changes mean Indiana would move from four diploma options to three. The default diploma for all students would be the College […]

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Ritz says she’s ‘best candidate to beat’ Pence

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendent Glenda Ritz officially announced her campaign for governor Thursday, saying she’s “the best candidate to beat Mike Pence.” Ritz – who joined supporters at Ben Davis High School – also answered critics who claim she doesn’t have the background to become the state’s top elected official. The librarian-turned-state […]

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State takes applications for safe haven schools grants

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute announced Tuesday that grant applications for 2015-2016 School Safe Haven Programs are now being accepted. Indiana legislators founded the Indiana Safe Schools Fund in 1995 as part of an effort to make local schools safer. Last school year, the institute awarded $678,000 in Safe Haven […]

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Ritz to make ‘special’ campaign announcement this week

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The controversial Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz will make a “special” campaign announcement on Thursday – and is widely expected to say she’s running for governor. Ritz, a Democrat, is scheduled to tour the state and repeat the announcement through Friday. According to Ritz’s Facebook page, the […]

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