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February 17, 2016
Senate panel nixes pricey ISTEP rescore
The bill, which also proposes the test expire in 2017, passed 8-3 and next heads to the full Senate.
January 22, 2016
State board aims to reduce the fear of state takeover for 3 schools
Recently passed legislation wouldn't have protected the three schools from further state consequences.
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.
January 14, 2016
Bill doesn’t shield all schools equally from A-F grade consequences
Schools earning their sixth F in 2015 could face serious state penalties, including state takeover.
January 13, 2016
24 education bills to watch as Indiana begins its 2016 legislative session
More than 70 bills were assigned to the House and Senate education committees this year.
January 5, 2016
Bills aimed at teacher hiring take a back seat to ISTEP, for now
Several lawmakers are working on bills to offer incentives for college graduates to become teachers and other support.
April 10, 2015
After-school programs seek recognition as more than an after-thought
Advocates for after-school programs say their programs are vital resources, but they are often thought of as an after-thought to the traditional school day.
March 25, 2015
Senate panel kills school district takeover proposal
A Senate committee today removed language from a bill that would have empowered the state to takeover entire school districts, not just individual schools.
March 18, 2015
Educators praise decision to leave dyslexia training bill largely unchanged
Educator Denise Lessow spent much of today worried that legislators would amend a bill intended to help teachers recognize students struggling with dyslexia in ways that…
March 11, 2015
One bill to diminish Ritz's power is dead, but threat remains
One of two bills aimed at removing state Superintendent Glenda Ritz from her role as chairwoman of the Indiana State Board of Education is dead, but she still faces the threat of losing power.
February 4, 2015
Senators consider proposed new civics exam
The Senate Education Committee today discussed a bill that would require all Indiana graduates to pass the same civics test that new U.S. citizens are required…
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.
January 28, 2015
Educators worry legislature's effort to cut red tape could go too far
When are state rules for schools "distractions" or "red tape" and when do they matter to protecting kids or helping them learn?
April 22, 2014
Pence, Ritz strongly endorse new Indiana standards over objections
Gov. Mike Pence, a national voice in opposition of Common Core, strongly endorsed Indiana’s new draft standards over loud laughs and jeers from a packed house at today’s Education Roundtable meeting. The roundtable, which is the first step in Indiana’s standards approval process, approved the controversial standards by votes of 21- 2 with an abstention for English and 21-3 for math.
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.
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