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New A-F school grading system approved, despite more board infighting

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education approved a new A-F grading system for schools on Thursday, despite the state superintendent’s concerns that the rules have mistakes or ambiguities that will make implementing them difficult. The revamped system is designed to put more emphasis on student improvement – rather than simply […]

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Webcast: 2015 session wrap up

Anchors Natavia Howell and Adam Lee have the headlines for the last week of the 2015 legislative session. TheStatehouseFile.com webcast – May 2, 2015 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo.

How Gov. Pence fared on 4 key agenda items

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How Gov. Pence fared on 4 key agenda items

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers handed Gov. Mike Pence wins on nearly every piece of his legislative agenda during the 2015 session that ended late Wednesday. It was almost a sweep. And even some legislators seemed surprised by how well the Republican governor – who just weeks ago seemed crippled by a furor […]

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Budget deal means more for schools, charters and teachers

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Most charter schools would get additional money, teachers would get a $100 tax credit and the governor’s regional cities initiative would be funded under a budget compromise the House and Senate reached Tuesday. The $31.3 billion, two-year plan – which should be approved and sent to Gov. Mike Pence […]

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Gambling, education, criminal justice bills still unresolved going into session’s last day

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers were still working late Tuesday to make deals on key bills about gambling, education and local criminal justice programs with just one day left in the 2015 legislative session. Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said a proposed agreement on the gambling bill will allow riverboat casinos to […]

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Dyslexia training bill headed to governor for approval

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –A bill to help teachers better understand dyslexia and notice signs of the disorder is now headed to the governor’s desk. The Senate passed House Bill 1108, which was authored by Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, on Monday. The bill provides a definition of dyslexia and requires teachers to be trained […]

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Kenley backs off push for ‘off-the-shelf’ student test

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Key lawmakers said Thursday they plan to move forward with a new ISTEP test – at least for the next two years – and then study whether an off-the-shelf exam could be used in the future to save money. Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, said he would back off his […]

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Budget moves to conference committee; revenue forecast to determine final spending

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a two-year, $31.5 billion budget Wednesday but the plan is about to go under the knife. The Republican-written budget includes more money for K-12 schools, technical programs and state universities, with a particular emphasis on Indiana University and Purdue University regional campuses. But the proposal’s main […]

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Video & story: Senate budget boosts funding for schools, highways; Kenley warns cuts may be coming

Senate unveiled proposed budget from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Republicans revealed a two-year, $31.5 billion budget Thursday that boosts funding for schools, universities and highways and leaves the state with nearly $1.9 billion in the bank. But the plan’s architect warned immediately that lower-than-expected tax receipts mean the budget […]

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Bill would give teachers more free reign in classrooms, schools

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee on Wednesday debated freedom-to-teach legislation that is meant to give teachers more leadership opportunities while keeping them in the classroom. House Bill 1009, authored by Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, aims to put the best educators in front of more students by eliminating some rules for teachers […]