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New education appointees hopeful ahead of first meeting

By Max Bomber & Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Five new members are gearing up for their first Board of Education meeting on Wednesday. It will be the first meeting since the new appointments were made. Five members remained on the board, while another five are newly appointed. State Superintendent Glenda Ritz is also still on […]

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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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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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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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Lawmakers pass bill to leave Ritz as chair, shift some ISTEP power to board

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican lawmakers pulled back slightly Wednesday from a last minute effort to shift more authority away from state Superintendent Glenda Ritz even as they let her remain the chair of the State Board of Education through the end of her current term. With the support of Gov. Mike Pence, […]

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Ritz would keep chair for now, board gets some ISTEP authority under proposed compromise

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz would keep her position as chair of the State Board of Education through the end of her current term under a new proposal lawmakers are considering with just days left in their legislative session. The plan would still give the state board the authority to […]

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Move to oust Ritz as ed board chair gets closer to becoming law

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill on Tuesday that gives the State Board of Education the power to elect its chair. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, would end an arrangement unique to Indiana and Oklahoma, which are the only states in which the elected superintendent of […]

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Ritz would lose post as board chair under bill passed by Senate

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a controversial bill Tuesday that removes state Superintendent Glenda Ritz as the chair of the State Board of Education and give its members the ability to elect their own leader. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, would end an arrangement unique to Indiana […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: The ISTEP, the budget and the Pence Watch

Hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener debate the week’s news at the Indiana Statehouse, focusing on the ISTEP debacle and the state budget.