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Pre-K debate continues in Senate committee

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s On My Way Pre-K pilot program could soon be expanded to more counties, making early education opportunities available to more low-income students in the state. While lawmakers are still at odds over how much money the state’s pre-K program should receive over the next two years, Rep. Bob […]

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Budget passes House after questions of education funding

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Republican version of the state’s two-year, $32 billion budget passed the full House Monday after questions about whether the budget is favoring charter and suburban schools over traditional public and urban schools. Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, called the House Bill 1001 budget an “honest, good appraisal” of […]

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Democrats and Republicans argue about amendment’s fairness

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An amendment to an education bill received heated discussion about legislative procedure. An amendment proposed Wednesday by Rep. Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, introduced a new fund for educators who teach dual credit courses to Senate Bill 334. But Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, argued adding an amendment with funding […]

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Democrats attempt to restart the LGBT rights debate

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As promised, Democrats are trying to restart the discussion about LGBT rights. During Thursday’s House Education Committee, Rep. Terri Austin, D-Anderson, attempted to propose an amendment providing protections to LGBT school employees and students. “What it simply says – that in charter schools that there is no discrimination based […]

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Proposal to repeal and rescore ISTEP moves to the Senate

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – ISTEP could become a thing of the past if a bill that has passed the House also finds success in the Senate. Under the proposal, 2016-17 would be the final year to administer ISTEP. House Bill 1395 would also create a commission to determine what the future of assessment […]

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Bill on teacher retention and mentoring causes tension in committee

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– A House Republican bill aimed at improving teacher retention and recruitment in Indiana was met with mixed support Tuesday. “We want the program to be established so that we can go ahead and do the hard work,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. “We want to […]

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House bill to protect teacher pay from ISTEP advances to the Senate

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would prevent 2015 ISTEP scores from negatively impacting teacher evaluations and bonus pay passed the House Tuesday. House Bill 1003 would only use ISTEP scores when they benefit educators. “I’m pleased to see this legislation is moving quickly through the process. It is important that Hoosier […]

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Committee moves bill to strip state superintendent of responsibilities

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com      INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would shift significant education responsibilities from the elected state superintendent to the appointed State Board of Education passed 9-4 Thursday along party lines. House Bill 1486, authored by Rep. Jeffery Thompson, R-Lizton, would authorize the board to hire an executive director and staff, approve […]

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Bill would provide more money to adult high schools

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Adult high schools are one step closer to becoming available to more Hoosiers after a bill that would provide additional funding to the programs passed the Indiana House on Monday. House Bill 1438 would require the Department of Education to distribute funding to adult high schools through the adult […]