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Suicide awareness training bill passes to governor unanimously

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill requiring teachers and staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness is headed to the governor. The latest version of House Bill 1430 combines its contents with Senate Bill 506, which creates more extensive suicide training requirements than […]

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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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Mother who lost daughter supports youth suicide training in schools

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —  On a rainy night in May 2012, Lana Swoape came home to find her daughter’s body. Just two weeks shy of her 16th birthday, Swoape’s daughter Tori had used a scarf to hang herself using her bedroom doorknob. “I blame myself. I was with her every day,” she said. […]

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Department of Education outlines plan to prevent child abuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, is proposing her plan to prevent child abuse in schools. The plan includes additional training for school employees and streamlining the license revocation process. “No student can learn unless they are safe,” Ritz said in a statement. “As a lifelong educator, I know […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Stricter concussion protocol aims to protect all student athletes

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After earning two Super Bowl rings during his 11 years in the NFL, David Duerson suffered from stage-four Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease that is linked to concussions. But on February 17, 2011, Duerson was found dead at his Sunny Isles Beach, Florida home. The Miami-Dade County medical […]

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Vincennes University will use $2 million to build coal mine replica

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Vincennes University will build a $2 million replica of a coal mine at its campus in Fort Branch that will be used for hands-on safety training for workers. The State Budget Committee approved the funding last week after lawmakers included the money in the current two-year budget. “The mine […]

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New law: Fire academies to provide uniform training

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Firefighters often risk their lives to save others but a new law expands the opportunity for more unified training, with the intent of creating safer situations for both the victims and the rescuers. The General Assembly knew the law as House Bill 1182. The bill authored by Rep. Randy […]

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Dyslexia training bill headed to governor for approval

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –A bill to help teachers better understand dyslexia and notice signs of the disorder is now headed to the governor’s desk. The Senate passed House Bill 1108, which was authored by Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, on Monday. The bill provides a definition of dyslexia and requires teachers to be trained […]

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Pence signs firefighter training bill into law

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has signed legislation meant to improve training for firefighters and other emergency personnel. House Bill 1182 establishes the Fire & Public Safety Academy Training System to offer advanced, voluntary training programs. “Better training for firefighters and emergency personnel equates to better service and safety for Hoosiers,” Pence […]

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Dyslexia training bill for teachers moves to full Senate

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to help teachers better understand dyslexia and catch it early passed the Senate Education and Career Development unanimously. House Bill 1108, authored by Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, provides a definition of dyslexia and requires teachers to be trained to recognize it so students they can put students […]

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