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March 27, 2017
GOP plan to appoint Indiana’s schools chief claws its way back to a win in Senate panel
The Senate Rules Committee passed and amended a bill on Monday changing how the state’s top education official is selected.
January 21, 2016
It’s over: Pence signs bills pausing ISTEP consequences for one year
After nearly two years of debate, Pence and lawmakers bowed to Ritz’s solution to a big test score drop.
November 17, 2015
Republican proposal would offer aspiring teachers free college tuition
A new bill would give Indiana college students a chance to get tuition fully paid for by the state if they agree to spend five years teaching after they graduate.
November 16, 2015
Lawmakers look to cut teachers a break, but not schools
Republicans plan to move quickly in January on a bill to relax ISTEP sanctions for teachers but want to keep A-F grades for schools.
November 11, 2015
State senator: Legislature should pass a bill now to relieve ISTEP sanctions
Sen. Mark Stoops proposed a bill to relieve schools and teachers from possible test score drops — But he wants it passed before lawmakers convene for the 2016 session.
August 18, 2015
Duncan: Indiana's preschool pilot should be open to all kids
Despite criticism from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that Indiana’s preschool pilot program should not shut out children who are in the country without permission, Gov. Mike Pence’s office said the rule is needed to stay consistent with the way federal preschool programs work.
July 13, 2015
The basics of Mike Pence on education: A battle for control
As governor, Mike Pence has pushed for career and technical education, school choice, tougher school accountability and changes to standards and tests.
May 4, 2015
Indiana State Board of Education in limbo after legislature's move
Gov. Mike Pence made a bold call in December for big changes he said would “restore harmony” to the contentious Indiana State Board…
February 11, 2015
Pence says he and Ritz will cooperate to shorten ISTEP
Shifting away from Monday’s sharp criticism of state Superintendent Glenda Ritz, Gov. Mike Pence today said the two would work with legislative leaders to shorten…
February 2, 2015
These 9 education changes could move ahead in the legislature — but 6 others probably won't
There's no question a huge battle will take place over the role of state Superintendent Glenda Ritz on the Indiana State Board of Education. But of the 122 education-focused bills the Indiana General Assembly is expected to consider, just a fraction will make it through to Gov. Mike Pence's desk in April to become law.
June 18, 2014
Top Republican, Democrat take opposite views of NCLB waiver concerns
In less than two weeks, Indiana could potentially lose its federal No Child Left Behind law waiver unless state leaders can convince the U.S. Department…
March 19, 2014
How Indiana jumped from Common Core but got on board with preschool
Simultaneously Hoosiers dropped out of of a group of 45 states that have agreed to share standards while also joining in on another education front by becoming the 42nd state to offer financial aid for preschool. Driving the state in these different directions were politics, timing and changing attitudes.
March 19, 2014
Common Core: Without a champion, support waned
So how did Indiana become the first state to formally withdraw from Common Core? Opponents of the standards were able to connect with the natural sympathy of several key Republican players, who share with Common Core critics grave concerns about the influence of the federal government.
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