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Commentary: Teachers, politicians and innocent bystanders

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Commentary: Teachers, politicians and innocent bystanders

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —   At a Saturday morning meeting sponsored by his local chamber of commerce, Indiana Rep. Wes Culver, R-Goshen, launched this missile at the Indiana State Teachers Association. “The world would be a better place without the ISTA,” Culver said, according to some fine reporting by The Goshen News. At […]

Commentary: Ritz, Bennett, Pence — adults fighting in front of children

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Commentary: Ritz, Bennett, Pence — adults fighting in front of children

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, the Indiana Department of Education was a great place to go to take a good long nap. For 16 years, Republican Suellen Reed served as the state’s superintendent of public instruction. She got along with people. She worked with Democratic governors. She worked with Republican […]

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House approves ethics bill requiring more financial disclosure

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Housed passed ethics legislation Monday that would require lawmakers to be more transparent about their finances and strengthen laws meant to keep elected officials from using state resources for political gain. House Bill 1002 – which is now headed to the Senate – is a reaction in […]

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Ethics bill moves to full House for consideration

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee passed a bill Tuesday that House Speaker Brian Bosma said will help “safeguard the public trust.” Authored by Bosma, R-Indianapolis and House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, House Bill 1002 is intended to offer more transparency to Hoosiers and limit conflicts of interest among lawmakers. […]

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Bosma wants legislative ethics office as part of reform agenda

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – House Republicans are seeking to create a new Office of Legislative Ethics to give lawmakers a place to turn for advice about conflicts of interest and other issues. The proposal announced by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, is part of a larger ethics agenda that has been driven in […]

Commentary: Tony Bennett, a train wreck in slow motion

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Commentary: Tony Bennett, a train wreck in slow motion

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Tony Bennett redemption tour has hit a roadblock. The former Indiana superintendent of public instruction has traveled a hard road the past couple of years. Bennett, a Republican, lost his bid for re-election in 2012, even though he outspent his Democratic opponent, current Superintendent Glenda Ritz, by a […]

Commentary: Glenda Ritz’s good fortune

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Commentary: Glenda Ritz’s good fortune

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s always amusing to watch otherwise smart people do stupid things. I’m thinking about the way the members of the self-proclaimed education reform crowd have let Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz get under their skin. Let’s take stock of where things are. Two years ago, Ritz, a […]

Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

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Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe all the squabbling, infighting and backbiting among Indiana’s political leaders over the direction of education in the state is part of some master plan. Maybe it is designed to make Hoosiers feel better about the federal government by showing them that it is, in fact, possible to be […]

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Bennett to pay $5,000 to settle political ethics violations

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Ethics Commission unanimously approved a $5,000 settlement between former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and the state on Thursday. The settlement came after Inspector General David Thomas presented his report saying that Bennett violated the state ethics code by using state time and resources for his […]

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Bennett, ethics commission arrive at settlement

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett has reached a settlement agreement in a case before the Indiana State Ethics Commission. Bennett’s attorney, Jason Barclay, said details about the settlement will not be announced until Thursday’s meeting of the ethics commission. The state inspector general filed a complaint with the […]

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