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Many parents are choosing to opt their kids out of the spring ISTEP+ test. What could happen to local schools if students don’t participate?

Lawmakers decided the fate of several key pieces of legislation this week. Ahead, the latest on contentious proposals including a measure that would lift the ban on Sunday alcohol sales and a bill that would allow businesses to refuse services to same sex couples because of religious beliefs.

Adoptees are pushing for access to their birth certificates, but opponents of a bill that would open those records say it could have serious consequences for mothers who made the difficult decision of giving up their children.

And, it’s been 30 years since the legendary game where Indiana Coach Bobby Knight hurled a chair across the floor at Assembly Hall. Why the moment is still a part of Hoosier basketball history.

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February 27, 2015

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Rep. Matt Ubelhor speaks on the House floor.

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Why some parents are opting their kids out of ISTEP testing, this week at the statehouse and a look back 30 years ago to the Bob Knight chair throwing incident.

February 27, 2015

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Statehouse Update: Sunday Sales Dies, House Passes Budget

The General Assembly this week hit the halfway mark of its 2015 session, approving several major bills and killing off another.

February 27, 2015

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Bill Would Provide Equal Access To Adoption Records

The state sealed adoption records from 1941 to 1994.

February 26, 2015

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Rep. Mayfield presents her bill on the House floor.

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Why some parents are opting their kids out of ISTEP testing, this week at the statehouse and a look back 30 years ago to the Bob Knight chair throwing incident.

February 25, 2015

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If enough students opt out of the ISTEP+ test, it can affect school accountability grades, teacher evaluations and teacher pay.

What Happens If Kids Opt Out of ISTEP+?

Schools can face a series of indirect sanctions if enough parents decide to opt their students out of the annual ISTEP+ test.

February 21, 2015

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ISTEP+ Exams, Policy Changes Breed Frustration In Indiana

This week education dominated much of the time at the legislature as a series of controversial issues were discussed.

February 21, 2015

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App Aims To Improve Graduation Rates By Tracking Students

The Class120 app uses GPS track college students and notify their parents if they aren't in class.

February 20, 2015

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Administrators prepare for ISTEP testing next week, why a fungus is devastating the bat population and a new app tells whether a student is going to class.

February 20, 2015

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Why Bats In Indiana Face A Dire Future

White Nose Syndrome has hit bats in Indiana hard, and experts say the worst is yet to come.

February 14, 2015

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New Research: Endorphins May Not Explain ‘Exercise High’

New research indicates it takes a lot more than a trip to the gym to release those sought-after endorphins.

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