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ISTEP Panel Finishes Broad Plan To Submit To Legislature

The state’s ISTEP panel concluded its meetings Tuesday with a broad set of recommendations. Chair Nicole Fama will compile what was said for a recommendation to the legislature. The panel will vote on that recommendation at its final meeting, Nov. 29. The 2016 General Assembly voted to stop using the current ISTEP+ format at the end of […]

Students Face Racially-Charged Taunts In VP-Elect Pence’s Hometown

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The day after Vice President-elect Mike Pence returned to Indiana, reports of students facing election-related racial taunts have emerged from his hometown. In a memo to members of the Bartholomew Consolidated School District in Columbus, Superintendent Jim Roberts called students to respect each another. “Our school system will not tolerate actions that demonstrate a lack […]

All But One School Referenda Questions Pass

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Voters passed 9 of 10 school referenda posed on ballots around the state Tuesday, raising property taxes to help fund local schools. The Gary Community Schools referendum is the only one that failed, with the ballot measure falling 321 votes short of passing. The overwhelming passage of these referenda is a surprise to Larry DeBeour, an economist […]

Ballot Referenda Are Becoming More Important For Schools

Voters around the state will see questions at the bottom of their ballot asking for an increase to property taxes to fund local schools. Ballot referenda have become more and more popular in the last decade as funding streams for schools changed. School referendum questions became a common ballot measure in Indiana back in 2008, […]

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