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Reversing teacher shortage a priority for Indiana’s top educator

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana ranks among the lowest states for teacher recruitment and retention, a fact Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction knows well. “The teacher shortage is real,” said Jennifer McCormick, who was superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools before her election last year. “As a department we can only do so much. […]

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Scholarship focused on teacher shortage opens for applications

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Applications are now being accepted for a new college scholarship designed to encourage top high school students to stay and teach in Indiana. The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship provides up to $7,500 each year of college for students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after earning […]

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Calm debate highlights similarities in governor’s race

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The first debate between the three candidates for governor ended up showing off the similarities between Democrat John Gregg, Republican Eric Holcomb and Libertarian Rex Bell rather than the differences. As they spoke before an audience of students, teachers and administrators at Lawrence North High School Tuesday, the candidates were […]

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STEM teachers receive $9.6 million in grants

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers will benefit from $9.6 million in grants. “These grants are amplifying efforts to recruit and retain educators in a field that’s rapidly changing the jobs of tomorrow in the Hoosier state,” Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement. “When it comes to ensuring our […]

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IPS upping pay to help attract and retain quality teachers

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Educators in the Indianapolis Public School district are receiving their first significant pay hike in five years. Amid the teacher shortage, IPS prioritized teacher raises as a step in retaining and attracting quality teachers. “Research clearly shows that teachers have the most direct impact on student achievement,” Justin Ohlemiller, […]

Commentary: A chance to walk the walk

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Commentary: A chance to walk the walk

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the education reform movement in Indiana first started to pick up steam, everyone involved in it from the field marshals to the foot soldiers used the same buzz word. Accountability. The education reform warriors said schools and student performances weren’t going to improve until educators – particularly teachers […]

Commentary: Schools and the search for that elusive pony

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Commentary: Schools and the search for that elusive pony

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – There’s an old joke about a little boy who woke up one Christmas morning to find a pile of manure under the tree. Excited, he grabbed a shovel and started digging. When his parents told him he was making a mess, he refused to stop shoveling. “Don’t you see?” […]