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Teachers could get help with expenses under House bill

January 23, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
House Bill 1349 would establish a Classroom Expense Fund, from which money would be advanced to educators across the state.
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Legislation aims to expand high school internships

January 23, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
The bill would add an intern-hiring incentive to the Economic Development for a Growing Economy program, commonly known as EDGE.
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City, state to scrutinize charter curriculum that questions evolution

January 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
A Texas-based education organization with approval to open two Indianapolis charter schools teaches creationism and Christian-based character virtues, according to an article by Slate.com. It has prompted an expedited review of the group's curriculum by Indianapolis and state education officials.
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Teachers could receive money to pay loans under proposed bill

January 21, 2014
Halie Solea, The Statehouse File
A bipartisan group in the Indiana House is working to give some public elementary or high school teachers $9,000 towards their student loans after three consecutive years of teaching.
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New state law might idle school bus fleets

January 18, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
A state law intended to make sure cash-strapped public school districts pay their debt could have an unintended consequence: permanently parking the yellow buses that deliver students to class.
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Indiana House OKs early childhood education pilot program

January 16, 2014
Associated Press
Under the program, families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level would get state aid to send their children to preschool.
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Senate committee passes cursive writing requirement, again

January 15, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
For the third straight year, Sen. Jean Leising has convinced the Indiana Senate Education Committee to advance a bill that requires schools to teach cursive writing.
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IPS among four districts receiving F grades from state

January 15, 2014
J.K. Wall
IPS received 0.96 points, on a 4-point scale, based on its students’ performance in the 2012-13 school year—just shy of the full point needed to earn a D grade. Still, IPS’s score was greatly improved from the previous year.
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Southern Indiana school district lowers graduation standard

January 11, 2014
Associated Press
A southern Indiana school system has reduced the number of credits required for a high school diploma for students this year, saying its higher standard put it at a disadvantage with neighboring districts.
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Educator starts business to simplify teacher ratingsRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Jessica Contrera
Software helps administrators eliminate mountains of paperwork.
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Bennett hires top-flight defense in ethics case

January 9, 2014
Associated Press
Larry Mackey and Jason Barclay are representing former state education chief Tony Bennett in his case before the State Ethics Commission.
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Bennett state ethics hearing pushed to May

January 6, 2014
Associated Press
A hearing on allegations that former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett misused his state office to do political work has been moved from Wednesday to May 8.
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NEWSMAKERS: Tony Bennett & Glenda Ritz

December 28, 2013
J.K. Wall
In November 2012, Democrat Glenda Ritz defeated Republican Tony Bennett in the race for Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction. But the two never stopped fighting each other.
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Fifth Third helping to educate fifth-gradersRestricted Content

December 21, 2013
Fifth Third’s local president, Nancy Huber, said the bank is awarding $60,000 to Junior Achievement to create a student bank.
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More public schools receive A grades, fewer get F's

December 20, 2013
 The Statehouse File
More Indiana schools received top grades under a system the Indiana State Board of Education approved Friday after months of political wrangling. Among the F's was a charter school that received a controversial A rating last year.
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Bennett finds state-level work with ACT testing

December 13, 2013
Associated Press
Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has found new work helping to pitch a Common Core test to state education leaders.
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Pence looks to expand education overhaul

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced an expansive education plan Tuesday for his second year in office that will include seeking approval for vouchers for preschool-aged children, extending more state help for charter schools and paying for teachers to work in low-income school districts.
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Pence set to give details of new school proposals

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
The governor's office says Pence will speak about those proposals in a speech Tuesday at Indiana's original state capital building in Corydon.
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Ritz: Power grab outlined in Pence document

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, released an internal document Wednesday that she says is evidence a new agency created by Republican Gov. Mike Pence is trying to undermine her.
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Dem lawsuit alleges school board meeting violation

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
A Democratic elections lawyer is suing the State Board of Education for allegedly violating Indiana's open meetings law.
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Ritz, school board members meeting with mediator

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Gov. Mike Pence agreed last week to bring in the national group after disagreements escalated.
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Lawson lauds $14M union insurance plan settlement

December 3, 2013
Associated Press
The agreement would end a four-year legal battle with Indiana's largest teachers union. But the Indiana State Teachers Association accused a Republican official of playing politics as she heads into an election year.
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School districts could recover $14 million in settlement

December 3, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana school districts which invested in a failed union health insurance plan could get back roughly half of the money they lost, if they approve the settlement.
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State GOP leaders to drop Common Core standards

December 2, 2013
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis and Senate President David Long of Fort Wayne plan to direct the Republican-controlled Legislature to require the state to create its own set of reading and math standards.
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Indiana robotics event aims to boost STEM interest

November 30, 2013
Jessica Contrera
Indianapolis Vex Robotics Competition is designed to buttress science, technology, engineering and math skills.
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