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Indiana celebrates kick-off to bicentennial year

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — For one Indiana elementary school student, her first visit to the Indiana Statehouse is one she will remember. Kiya Ustlerfinley, a Clinton Central Elementary fourth grade student, was one of more than 500 fourth grade students from Indiana elementary schools welcomed to the Statehouse by Gov. Mike Pence and […]

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Indiana Blue Ribbon schools named

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Several Indiana schools are celebrating the title of being a “Blue Ribbon School” – a title that indicates they routinely exceed expectations and offer exceptional education to our state’s youth. Out of the 335 schools nationally honored, 10 are found in the Hoosier state. “These schools have achieved a level […]

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Department of Education announces launch of INschool 2.0 mobile app

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, announced the launch of a new version of the department’s mobile app Thursday. “Administrators and teachers have been communicating with parents via report cards, flyers and parent-teacher conferences for decades,” Ritz said. “And over the past decade, there have been a number of technological […]

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Dept. of Insurance calls on parents to check on policies for college students

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — College students around the state are packing up and heading to campuses and the Indiana Department of Insurance is urging Hoosier parents to check for possible needed changes to insurance policies. “Parents should check their homeowner policy to ensure their college-bound children’s possessions are covered when they make the move […]

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State Board of Education schedules community conversations for three failing schools

Staff Report TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Board of Education announced Monday the scheduling of community conversations for three schools that have received failing accountability grades for five consecutive years. State law requires the board to hold public hearings at each school to hear from the community and school leaders about how to help […]

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State wants colleges to take part in satisfaction survey

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has invited every public and private college in the state to take part in the nation’s first statewide Gallup-Indiana survey of undergraduate satisfaction. ”The benefits of a college degree extend beyond economic factors, but those benefits can be more difficult to measure: job […]

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Students hike around Lake Delaware for “Mile with Mike”

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence hosted a Mile with Mike at the Department of Natural Resources’ Capital Campout at Fort Harrison State Park on Thursday. The Capital Campout is one of more than a dozen outdoor experiences hosted by governors across the United States. It promotes outdoor […]

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30 students earn scholarships for anti-texting and driving messages

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann honored 30 Indiana high school and college students who earned $5,000 scholarships by creating social media messages to discourage texting and driving. The students competed for prizes by urging their social media followers to “Drive Now. TXT L8R.” The result: the hashtag #TXTL8RIN appeared in […]

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College students to get more info about loans, debt

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students going back to college this fall will be greeted by more than just new classes and textbooks. They’ll be getting more information about their student loans as well – all in the name of helping students make better decisions about their debt. Under a law that takes effect […]

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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 […]