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Superintendent bill needs major changes to survive in the Senate

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House bill which would make the state school chief position appointed needs “substantial changes” before the Senate will hear it, according to Sen. Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne. The bill authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, would eliminate the superintendent’s position and replace it with a […]

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Senate superintendent bill voted down, House bill passes but in jeopardy

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Two versions of legislation eliminating the election of the state’s superintendent of public instruction saw mixed results Monday. Senate Bill 179, authored by Sen. James Buck, R-Kokomo, would have allowed the governor to appoint a superintendent, beginning in the year 2021. The bill failed to pass out of the […]

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Attempts to amend school chief bill fail

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two Democrats tried to alter a bill that would make the Superintendent of Public Instruction an appointed position but both amendments failed in the House Thursday. House Bill 1005, authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, would eliminate the position the position of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in […]

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Speaker’s bill would eliminate state superintendent position

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House version of a bill to remove the superintendent of public instruction position from Indiana ballots passed another hurdle Tuesday. House Bill 1005, authored by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, would eliminate the position of the superintendent of public instruction following the 2020 election, which is also the […]

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Superintendent of public instruction may become appointed position

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The elected position of the Superintendent of Public Instruction could soon be off Indiana ballots. Senate Bill 179, authored by Sen. James Buck, R-Kokomo, looks to make the job a governor-appointed position. “Senate Bill 179 is not a new subject, it’s been around that I’m aware of for about […]

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Roads, pre-K, workforce: Holcomb reveals his legislative agenda

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Better roads and bridges as well as an expanded pre-K program are top priorities under Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb’s administration.   He announced the five themes of his legislative agenda Thursday. “Heading into my first legislative session as Indiana’s governor, the guiding principle that shapes my agenda is to improve […]

Candidates for school chief debate covers pre-K, testing and political divide

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Candidates for school chief debate covers pre-K, testing and political divide

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com FORT WAYNE, Ind. — During Monday’s debate between state superintendent of public instruction candidates, Republican nominee Jennifer McCormick revealed new specifics for her pre-K program that echo the plan of her opponent, Democrat Glenda Ritz. McCormick, the current superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools, has regularly said she wants to begin by […]

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Indiana GOP nominates candidates for attorney general, superintendent of public instruction

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Thousands of Hoosier Republicans gathered at the Indiana GOP State Convention Saturday to nominate the Republican candidates for state Superintendent of Public Instruction, Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor. Prior to finalizing the nominations, delegates also voted on the 2016 Indiana GOP Platform. After a push in the state Republican […]

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Superintendent running against Glenda Ritz

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Glenda Ritz has a new challenger. Jennifer McCormick, superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools, is running against Ritz as a Republican. “As we teach our students and I teach my son, you can’t make change just by talking about it, you have to do something about it,” Dr. McCormick said […]

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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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