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This Week At The Statehouse: A Slow Start To The Second Half

In a 41-9 vote, state senators pushed ahead a two-year, $32 million proposal that would modestly expand state-funded preschool beginning July 2017.

At the halfway point in the legislative session, the bills passed in the first half, by House or Senate, move on to the other chamber.  So this week, a few education bills that made that cut got their first hearing in the House or Senate education committees. The House committee only heard two Senate bills this week, one regarding emergency medications in schools and another […]

Indiana Youth Suicides Increase As Schools, Lawmakers Seek Fix

Suicide remains the second-leading cause of death for Hoosier teens and young adults in 2014 and 2015, according to a just released report. Among a majority of states, Indiana ranks second for high schoolers who made a suicide plan and third for those who have seriously considered suicide. In 2014 there were 52 suicides among youth […]

Private School Vouchers Hit Record High But Growth Slows

For the first time the number of Hoosier students using publicly-funded vouchers to attend a private school reached 3 percent of statewide enrollment, according to a new report. Indiana’s Choice Scholarship Program hit a record 34,299 students this academic year using the controversial tuition support but the overall growth of the program appears to be […]

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