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Proposal to increase age of consent to 18

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– Since last summer, Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, has been working on a bill to change the age of consent from 16 to 18 years old. The proposed bill also introduces a new offense called indiscretion, which would punish licensed teachers for having any kind of sexual contact with students […]

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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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Broll: Pence signs education bills

Signed 1/21/16 First bills signed by Pence in the 2016 session HB 1003 – Teacher Evaluations SB 200 – Measuring School Performance

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Changes being made to licensure exam following educator frustration

TheStatehouseFile.com By Shelby Mullis and Hank Nuwer  FRANKLIN, Indiana – Franklin Community High School science teacher William Travis Miles is a five-year classroom veteran, previously teaching biology at Shelbyville and Beech Grove high schools. In 2014, Miles applied for an earth science position at FCHS. The corporation requested an emergency permit be issued to Miles because the vacancy was a top […]

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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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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, […]

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IPS changes reflect several Stand for Children recommendations but lacks focus on teacher retention

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Public School district is making several changes to their operation from how students are enrolled in school to how they attract school leaders. IPS used many of the recommendations from Stand for Children Indiana’s “Every Child, Every Neighborhood” vision. The vision was included in the IPS strategic plan […]

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New law: $100 tax credit for teachers

By Max Bomber TheStatehousFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– The two-year budget crafted by the General Assembly earlier this year makes room for a $100 tax credit for Hoosier teachers. The tax credit is way to give a little back to teachers for the classroom supplies they often provide using their own money. President of the Indiana State Teacher’s […]

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Pike Township educator receives prestigious national award

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Pike Township assistant principal Candace Ewing received a 2012 Milken Educator Award on Thursday in a surprise school assembly at Snacks Crossing Elementary. Ewing received an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000 from the Milken Family Foundation. “It is imperative that our nation’s best educators are honored both for their impact […]