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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 […]

Commentary: The myth of the ‘favorite teacher’


Commentary: The myth of the ‘favorite teacher’

By John Guy TheStatehouseFile.com A few years ago, during the State of the State Address, Gov. Mitch Daniels looked to the gallery, then introduced the best teacher he ever had, his “favorite teacher.” This fine person was there to represent all teachers, or, perhaps implicitly, to compliment an excellent, effective teacher. Unfortunately, maybe she isn’t. […]

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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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Ed board approves controversial teaching permit

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – College grads with a B average could gain a permit to teach in public schools simply by passing tests in their assigned subject areas under new rules approved Wednesday by the State Board of Education. The teachers would be required to complete training on classroom instruction to renew the […]

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Pence gives $9.7 million in grants for STEM programs

By Ben Vandivier TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced $9.7 million in grants for 10 organizations working to help support teacher recruitment and training in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. “Continuing to recruit top educators and expand our students’ options will only enhance the outstanding work of our teachers, but also […]