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By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The big talk among legislative leaders about boosting the dollars for education significantly may turn out to be largely that – big talk. That’s no commentary on the Republican leaders who are hoping to make 2015 an education session. They appear sincere in their efforts, although their more specific […]
By Garrett Day TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – If the Indiana House Republican Caucus gets its way in the 2015 session, Hoosier teachers could soon receive extra money to spend on classroom supplies. The proposed tax credit – part of the House Republicans’ legislative agenda – doesn’t yet have a price tag. But a tax credit could […]
By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republicans are talking big about boosting state funding for public schools over the next two years, but it’s not clear yet whether the cash will be available to make that happen. Already, House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, has said that his caucus wants to provide a larger overall increase […]
This week, hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener discuss the education agendas of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and state Superintendent Glenda Ritz. Of course, we’ve got the Pence Watch and audio clips from Pence, Ritz and State Budget Director Brian Bailey.
By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz asked lawmakers Thursday for $500 million in additional spending on education during the next two years – including more money for testing as well as free textbooks for all public school students. Most of the new money – more than $334 million – would go […]
By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It was one of those moments when you could just feel everyone in the room stop tapping on their phones or clicking at their laptops and look up – even though you didn’t actually see them do it. You couldn’t have seen it. You were looking up too. Right at […]
This week we talk about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to join a multi-state suit against the president’s immigration policy, a new Hoosier Survey that measures voters’ opinions on public policy issues, and problems between the state Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the education board. Ball State’s Ray Scheele and ChalkBeat Indiana’s Scott Elliott are guests.
By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state awarded $30 million to 1,300 schools Thursday that will be used to reward thousands of teachers for high performance. The money is the first distribution under a new teacher performance program that Gov. Mike Pence said he will aim to expand in 2015. “Indiana teachers and schools […]
In this week’s edition of Frankly Speaking, hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener take a look at Organization Day and the issues lawmakers plan to tackle in the 2015 session, including education funding, ethics reform, gambling regulation and Sunday alcohol sales. We also have our weekly Pence Watch and you can listen to Sen. Jim Banks […]
By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Families in four of the five counties that are part of a state pre-kindergarten pilot can now sign up to receive a grant for the program. Children eligible for the first phase of the pilot will include 4-year-olds living in Allen, Lake, Marion or Vanderburgh counties who will start […]