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Suicide awareness training bill passes to governor unanimously

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill requiring teachers and staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness is headed to the governor. The latest version of House Bill 1430 combines its contents with Senate Bill 506, which creates more extensive suicide training requirements than […]

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‘Sanctuary campus’ bill passes Senate after debate

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana colleges could soon see changes to what they are required to disclose with the government through one Republican lawmaker’s bill. Indianapolis Republican Sen. Michael Young’s legislation is an addition to a law, which took effect in 2011, that prohibits sanctuary cities — cities that said they will not […]

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Sanctuary bill passes committee over students’ objections

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — College students across the state gathered on their campuses in November to urge administrators to keep students’ citizenship information confidential from the government. Three months later, students gathered again. This time, they were at the Statehouse. Ball State University student Erika Espinoza is living in constant fear. She was […]

FFA members serve and learn at governor’s inauguration

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FFA members serve and learn at governor’s inauguration

  By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – High school Future Farmers of America members took a break from learning history to experience it firsthand. “Whenever they had asked us to come I was definitely like I’m getting out of school for this. This is going to be great. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Stricter concussion protocol aims to protect all student athletes

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After earning two Super Bowl rings during his 11 years in the NFL, David Duerson suffered from stage-four Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease that is linked to concussions. But on February 17, 2011, Duerson was found dead at his Sunny Isles Beach, Florida home. The Miami-Dade County medical […]

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Bathroom guidelines for transgender students leave Pence, Ritz at odds

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence Friday said the federal government has “no business” in mandating all public schools allow transgender students to use bathrooms based on their gender identity. “I have long believed that education is a state and local function,” Pence said in a statement. “Policies regarding the security and privacy […]

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Video: Students chase fireflies to state capitol


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Support for expanding concussion laws to younger students

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new bill would expand the current concussion state laws to cover fifth through 12th grade students participating in any interscholastic or intramural sport. “Our awareness on what concussions are all about and the idea of traumatic brain injury was so limited [in the past] and there was just, […]

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SOTs: Concussions

Micheal Duerson /Brother of former NFL player Dave Duerson [:20] “Going down to the 5th grade and monitoring these students is very important not only because it affects them academically or their ability to play on the field but in my case …it’s affecting me in my golden years.” Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson / Bill […]

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Expert panel finds no evidence glitch impacted ISTEP scores

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The investigation into a computer glitch found no evidence that students were mistakenly given lower scores on the spring 2015 ISTEP exam, but officials say the results don’t guarantee that each student was scored accurately on the exam. Earlier this month, an Indianapolis Star article revealed that the computer […]

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