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Schools, districts to receive teaching grants

By Darian Eswine TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Forty schools and school districts across Indiana have been selected by the Indiana Department of Education to receive Indiana’s Excellence in Performance for Teachers grants. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett announced the list of schools Friday, his last work day in office. The Indiana General Assembly established […]

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Education board OKs teacher licensing rules over Ritz objections

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education amended and passed controversial changes to teacher licensing rules Wednesday over the objections of incoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and a number of teachers who urged the group to slow down. Ritz – just weeks from taking office after defeating incumbent Republican […]

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Teachers look to Glenda Ritz for new attitude and big changes

By Ellie Price TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Glenda Ritz rallied teachers last month to help her become the first Democrat in decades to win the state superintendent of public instruction race and now those educators are looking to her for help and public policy changes. Ritz, who defeated Republican incumbent Tony Bennett, will take office in January. […]

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Teachers union tells state high court that vouchers are unconstitutional

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An attorney for the state’s largest teachers’ union told the Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday that the state’s private school voucher program is unconstitutional because it uses taxpayer money to fund religious activities. Indiana’s school choice scholarships – more c ommonly known as vouchers – passed the General Assembly […]

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Glenda Ritz wins surprise state superintendent victory over incumbent Republican Tony Bennett

By Zach Osowski TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Upstart Democrat Glenda Ritz rallied teachers and others across the state Tuesday to win a surprise victory over incumbent Republican Tony Bennett in the race for Indiana superintendent of public instruction. Ritz took the stage at 10:30 p.m. at a Democratic rally to declare victory, shortly after Bennett conceded […]

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Finalists for national science and math teaching award are all from Central Indiana

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Six Indiana educators are finalists for the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and were recognized Monday at an annual luncheon at the Indiana Historical Society. “Dedicated educators like those we honor today are making sure all students who enter their classrooms leave with the skills […]

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Judge sides with ISTA in banning teacher contract form

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Marion County judge on Wednesday said that school districts and the Indiana Department of Education can’t use a form meant to standardize teacher contracts because it violates state law. Superior Judge Patrick McCarty ruled in favor of the Indiana State Teachers Association, which filed a lawsuit challenging the […]

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State fair to honor teachers with celebration

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education will sponsor Celebrate Teaching Day on Saturday at the Indiana State Fair. The fair has provided 1,000 free tickets to teachers across the state in honor of the festivities, which begin at 10 a.m. with a “Walk of Celebration” led by the Sheridan High School […]

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State will work with two districts to create new teacher pay models

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education announced Monday that it will partner with two school districts – Milan Community Schools and Randolph Community Schools – to explore ways to improve teacher pay structures. In 2011, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation that requires schools to consider more factors […]

Commentary: Decades of Hoosier school choice threatened by unions

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Commentary: Decades of Hoosier school choice threatened by unions

By Angela C. Erickson Indiana Policy Review For decades, Indiana’s school-choice programs have helped send Hoosier students to the colleges of their choice and provided school books and bus transportation for children in private schools. Never before have programs like these been challenged on constitutional grounds. Until now. In an attempt to maintain their monopoly […]