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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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Commentary: People who need people…

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The young woman trembles as she speaks, her lower lip quivering as she talks into the microphone. We’re at the Governor’s Conference for People with Disabilities, where I’m moderating a panel discussion on the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. We’re taking questions from the crowd of […]

State plans for a new education center

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State plans for a new education center

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – About a year from now, Hoosiers will have a brand new education center to take advantage of as they dig into the state’s history. Official plans for the 1,800 square-foot exhibition hall were announced Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Administration Commission Jessica Robertson and State Architect Jason Larrison. “The […]

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Indiana students score above average on national report card

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence expressed his pride in Indiana students and teachers for their academic success showcased on the national report card. “Every Hoosier should be proud that Indiana’s kids and teachers have once again outperformed their peers,” Pence said in a media release. “This success is a testament to our […]

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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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State receives approval to implement Educator Equity Plan

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Thanks to the approval of the Indiana Department of Education’s Educator Equity Plan, the state now has permission to implement additional strategies designed to provide quality education to all students, Approval of the plan came this week from the U.S. Department of Education. The plans are strategies aimed at ensuring all students […]

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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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Department of Education announces launch of INschool 2.0 mobile app

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, announced the launch of a new version of the department’s mobile app Thursday. “Administrators and teachers have been communicating with parents via report cards, flyers and parent-teacher conferences for decades,” Ritz said. “And over the past decade, there have been a number of technological […]

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Glenda Ritz drops out of race for governor

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz has dropped out of the race for governor. Ritz made the announcement Friday evening. “Now is not the right time for me to run for governor,” Ritz said in a statement. “Under my leadership, I have brought the discussion of public education into the public discourse […]