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Ritz makes moves to reduce ISTEP exam by 3+ hours

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Ritz makes moves to reduce ISTEP exam by 3+ hours

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The ISTEP test would be reduced by about three hours in all grades under changes state Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced Friday. Ritz will also seek legislative approval to eliminate a social studies section she said is required under state law, a move that could shave another hour off the […]

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Guest column: More than an elected office at stake in attack on Ritz

By John Gregg Special to TheStatehouseFile.com On a cold January morning in 2001, I stood outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC with my two sons, then ages 8 and 7 to witness the inauguration of President George W. Bush. As the ceremony began, my older son asked me “Dad why are we here, we’re […]

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DOE plans no changes in ISTEP; Pence hires consultant to recommend changes

Ritz will seek one-year pause in accountability measures at Friday board meeting Indiana DOE spokesman Daniel Altman talks about the ISTEP controversy By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Department of Education intends to move forward with the ISTEP exam as it’s currently scheduled despite action by Gov. Mike Pence to try to shorten the length […]

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Senate committee moves education board revamp bill

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate is pushing forward with its own legislation to overhaul the State Board of Education and demote state Superintendent Glenda Ritz as its chair, even as Democrats decry the move as political. The Republican-controlled Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee passed Senate Bill 1 along party lines, sending […]

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House passes bill to oust Ritz as state ed board chair

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education could be working under a new chair as soon as this summer under a bill that passed the Indiana House largely along party lines Monday. House Bill 1609, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, would remove the elected superintendent of public instruction – now […]

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House, Senate continue push to revamp education governance

By Lesley Weidenbener & Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Majority Republicans in the House and Senate are pushing forward with bills to revamp the State Board of Education and strip power from the state superintendent even as Democrats complain the GOP is only playing politics. The House is set to vote on a bill that […]

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Full Senate to consider bill to revamp State Board of Education

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Tensions continued to flare Monday as the Senate Rules Committee debated and then passed legislation to alter the composition of the Indiana State Board of Education and demote the superintendent as its chair. Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, author of Senate Bill 1, said that voters do not know that […]

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Bill would strip state superintendent as chair of Board of Ed

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee moved legislation Thursday that would strip the elected state superintendent of her position as chair of the State Board of Education, a move Republicans insist is not political even as every Democrat on the committee voted no. House Bill 1609, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, […]

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Committee moves bill to strip state superintendent of responsibilities

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com      INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would shift significant education responsibilities from the elected state superintendent to the appointed State Board of Education passed 9-4 Thursday along party lines. House Bill 1486, authored by Rep. Jeffery Thompson, R-Lizton, would authorize the board to hire an executive director and staff, approve […]

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Bill to create School Efficiency Grant Fund passes committee

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Indiana schools seeking to consolidate may receive monetary incentive from the state. Under House Bill 1100, the state would create the School Efficiency Grant Fund, supplying schools with one-time grants up to $500,000 to help cover consolidation costs. The bill’s author, Rep. Randy Frye, R- District 67, got the idea […]