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May 11, 2016
Is Indiana’s troubled state ISTEP test a ‘broken thermometer?’
The unpopular test will end, but the future of testing in Indiana is uncertain.
March 26, 2015
Concerns subside after huge school deregulation bill is scaled back further
After many changes, Senate Bill 500, aimed a reducing unneeded regulation for schools, passed the House Education Committee without objection.
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?
February 4, 2014
Data security bills fall through but could be resurrected
Two of three bills that would have taken steps to redefine how the state’s education data is managed, accessed, and stored died in the Indiana legislature this week. The authors of House Bill 1320, which would have created a data repository for parents, and Senate Bill 277, designed to protect student information, said they would try to add those concepts to other bills later this month.
January 31, 2014
Lawmakers will consider exit strategy for state takeover
A bill in the Indiana legislature could allow schools being run by outside groups under state takeover to return to the school districts they came from. But a provision that already has raised concerns would also allow the Indiana State Board of Education to turn those schools into charter schools, forever severing them from the districts.
January 27, 2014
Data security efforts raise concerns from Ritz allies
Quietly, three major education data bills are likely to make it though the House or Senate this week and should return in the second half of the legislative session starting next week. The proposals have unnerved teachers unions and testing critics, who fear the new processes they create could paradoxically result in new security concerns or even be used to undermine Ritz, the only Democrat holding a statewide office.
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