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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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State ed board gets five new members; Elsener, Oliver aren’t reappointed

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education will have five new members when it goes back to work in June – the result of an overhaul ordered by the General Assembly. The new board will be without some of its most divisive figures from the past two years – including Marian […]

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New ed board will get new executive director

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A newly appointed State Board of Education will get to choose its own executive director. Robert Guffin, the man currently in the position, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of May after roughly a year in the position. That change comes as the board undergoes changes […]

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Guest column: Pence says budget invests ‘in our future like never before’

By Mike Pence Indiana governor Last December I called upon the Indiana General Assembly to make this an education session, and the results are clear. In this biennial budget, we made historic investments in education at every level from pre-K all the way through our adult high schools, because education will not only help our […]

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Pence signs ed board bill, other education legislation

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed several education bills Thursday that will revamp the State Board of Education, speed up state intervention into failing schools and give teachers more flexibility to experiment in the classroom. “The achievements of this legislative session highlight our commitment to high-quality education, and by passing bills that […]

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Pence signs budget $31 billion, two-year budget bill

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com LEBANON, Ind. – Gov. Mike Pence signed a two-year, $31.3 billion state budget into law on Thursday surrounded by kids at Perry Worth Elementary School in Boone County. The bill means $460 million more for public schools and private school vouchers plus another $20 million in extra funding for charter schools. And […]