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Committee strips student voting provisions out of bill

By Samm Quinn TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A provision to take the right to vote in Indiana away from out-of-state college students died Wednesday when a House committee voted to send the issue to a summer committee for study. Rep. Peggy Mayfield, R-Martinsville, offered the amendment to her controversial House Bill 1311 so that other sections […]

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Bill would force students to stay on ‘degree map’ to get scholarships

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – College students would get “degree maps” meant to keep them on track to graduate and they couldn’t get financial aid if they failed to keep up with them under legislation a Senate committee approved on Wednesday. The Education Committee added the provisions to Senate Bill 209 after stripping the legislation of […]

Bill would restrict voting by out-of-state college students

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Bill would restrict voting by out-of-state college students

By Samm Quinn TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation that could ban out-of-state students from voting in their college towns met significant opposition in a committee meeting Wednesday. The bill’s author, Rep. Peggy Mayfield, R-Martinsville, said it would require out-of-state students who want to vote in Indiana to prove to county clerks that they are in the […]

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Commentary: Education fixes can’t become about assigning blame

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For an hour, they discussed situations when students and schools falter – when they drop out and fail to graduate. And they did it without the finger-pointing and acrimony that mark so many of our current discussions about education and its challenges. The occasion was “No Limits,” the radio […]

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Students can enter essay contest about Indiana food and farmers

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students in grades 4-12 can now enter an essay contest that encourages them to consider the impact of Indiana foods and farmers. Entries for the 3rd Annual Ag Essay Contest – this year titled “Our Food, Our Farmers: Nourishing Generations of Hoosiers” – are due Feb. 1. The essay competition […]

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Students can apply now for US Senate Youth Program

Staff Report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The search has begun for the two Indiana students who will represent the Hoosier state as part of the U.S. Senate Youth Program. The program takes place from March 9-16. Students will get to see first-hand how the federal government works. Those selected – two from each state, […]

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Daniels credits student leaders with passage of alcohol Lifeline law

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – College leaders said Friday they are spreading the word about a new law that will grant limited immunity to minors who call 911 to help a friend who’s had too much to drink – and Gov. Mitch Daniels said state government may help out. State Lifeline Laws: […]

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Indiana students join effort to prevent increase in loan rates

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Student leaders from at least seven colleges and universities in Indiana have signed a letter urging Congress and President Barack Obama to act quickly to prevent student loan interest rates from increasing – and take other action to stem rising student debt. The young leaders are among […]

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House passes higher education bill to governor

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The House voted 91-2 on Monday to send a bill to Gov. Mitch Daniels that will make it easier for Indiana’s college students to take classes that will transfer to other schools. Senate Bill 182 creates a common numbering system for general education courses at all public […]

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For one student, a private school voucher represents new opportunities

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Dayana Vazquez-Buquer was excelling at Greenwood High School and had no interest in transferring elsewhere when her mom first mentioned a new state voucher program meant for families like hers. The vivacious 16-year-old balked. Her friends were at Greenwood. Her grades were good. And as she prepared […]