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State pushes students to finish college on time

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers joined 400 Hoosier students and family members for the official launch of the state’s new “15 to Finish” campaign on Monday at the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. The statewide effort is designed to help more Indiana students graduate from college on time […]

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Indiana JAG students win $10 million in scholarships

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier students won more than $10 million in scholarship funds through Indiana’s Jobs for America’s Graduates program in 2014 – leading the nation in postsecondary money awarded. JAG is a state-based national non-profit organization focused on helping students overcome barriers to graduation. ”The role Jobs for America’s Graduates plays […]

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State chooses 5 counties for preschool pilot program

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties will be part of the state’s preschool pilot program for low-income children. Gov. Mike Pence said at the Keynote Rotary Club of Indianapolis meetingthat the program will start in early 2015, although last month his office said it wouldn’t be ready until […]

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School snacks go healthy: See what made the cut

Schools across Indiana and the nation are adjusting to a new rule for the types of snacks they can sell to students. The new rule “carefully balances science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which set the rules at the direction of Congress. […]

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State to host training about teen sex assault and education

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials will host a regional training event Friday about teen dating violence and safety in schools. The event – titled “Teen Dating Violence/Sexual Assault: Creating a Safe Environment at School” – is sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana School Safety Academy. It’s designed to […]

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Letter: Ed board member says Ritz offers ‘anti-everything rhetoric’

July 15, 2014 To the Editor: It has been my pleasure for the past year to serve as the newest member of the Indiana State Board of Education. I bring a fresh perspective to the board as an attorney and business executive who served as director of economic development under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson […]

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Bennett to pay $5,000 to settle political ethics violations

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Ethics Commission unanimously approved a $5,000 settlement between former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and the state on Thursday. The settlement came after Inspector General David Thomas presented his report saying that Bennett violated the state ethics code by using state time and resources for his […]

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Ritz, ed board battle – again – over waiver, meeting rules

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Board of Education members nabbed more control away from Democratic Superintendent Glenda Ritz when they passed resolutions that gave the board more control over their meetings and more oversight of education policy. In a tense, eight-hour meeting, Ritz – who chairs the board – tried to fight the […]

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30 Laws: Program seeks to push good students into STEM teaching jobs

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A plan to keep top performing students home in Indiana after they graduate from college passed the General Assembly unanimously but could face trouble next year as lawmakers decide how to fund it. “I think everyone agrees with the concept,” said Rep. Justin Moed, D-Indianapolis, “but it will be […]

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30 Laws: Football coaches to get more concussion, player safety training

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is the first state to require high school football coaches to take part in a player safety and concussion-training course. Senate Bill 222 – authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle – requires the course every two years. It takes effect July 1. The Department of Education recently decided […]

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