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Applications now open for scholarship encouraging teaching careers

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — When Meghan Yencer found out she had been awarded the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, she was filled with gratitude. “It is a lifted weight to know that you don’t have to be responsible for paying that amount of money to go to school,” said Yencer, a secondary English […]

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Youth suicide training bill moves forward after change to frequency

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill requiring teachers and other staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness passed committee unanimously Tuesday. Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Merrilville, who authored House Bill 1430, met with the Department of Education after education committee members voiced their concerns […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Karen Engleman, focused on teachers

By Alexa Freeman TheStatehouseFile.com This story is a part of a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Karen Engleman, R-Georgetown, has always been interested in government and plans to focus on the education of our future leaders. […]

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Hundreds of students applied for future educator scholarship

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 600 hopeful Hoosier students will compete for one of 200 scholarships that would provide up to $7,500 annually to those who agree to teach in the state for at least five years after graduation. “Today’s news is promising as it reflects the interest and excitement of those […]

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State superintendent candidate McCormick hesitant to support universal pre-K

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Despite the growing push for universal pre-K, Republican candidate for state superintendent of public instruction Jennifer McCormick is not ready to support the idea. McCormick, the current superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools, revealed her hesitancy to launch a universal pre-K program in her plan for the Indiana Department of […]

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Lawmakers brainstorm teacher mentorship ideas

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate committee is considering combining two bills creating mentorship programs for new teachers. The Career Pathways and Mentorship Program, proposed under House Bill 1005, would provide experienced educators with extra pay in exchange for mentoring new teachers. The goal is to help new teachers “set a greater foundation for […]

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Proposed program would provide additional pay to experienced educators

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A proposed program could provide additional pay to educators who demonstrate effective instruction in the classroom and take on a leadership role. The Career Pathways and Mentorship Program, proposed under House Bill 1005, would provide experienced educators with extra pay in exchange for mentoring new teachers. The goal is […]

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Cursive curriculum wins the Senate, but could lose the House

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to require teaching cursive writing has passed the Senate, but will likely face opposition in the House. Senate Bill 73 would place cursive writing back into the elementary curriculum in schools. Some of the senators who voted against the bill said they are not opposed to the teaching […]

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Two bills preventing damage from 2015 ISTEP signed into law

By Shayla Jones TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two bills signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence Thursday will prevent 2015 ISTEP performance scores from negatively impacting schools and educators. “We came together to put our kids, and our teachers and our schools first, just as Hoosiers would expect us to do,” Pence said. “Today demonstrates that leaders […]

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Attempts to amend an ISTEP, teacher evaluation bill fail

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– Not everyone is happy about a bill to prevent the 2015 ISTEP results from jeopardizing teacher evaluations and bonuses. “Well, this is the beginning of what should have been a long conversation about what we are doing to our students and our teachers and our grading system,” Rep. […]

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