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Pence Signs Bill Scrapping ISTEP

Gov. Pence signed HEA 1395 at Eagle Elementary School in Zionsville. The law gets rid of ISTEP+ by 2017 and creates a committee that will determine the replacement. (courtesy)

Governor Mike Pence signed into law Tuesday a bill that eliminates Indiana’s current student assessment and lays plans for a new one.

State Board Moves Forward With New A-F System

The State Board of Education voted to move forward with a new A-F grading system that will factor in student growth on the state’s assessment rather than just the number of students who pass the test. Currently, A-F grades for elementary and middle schools are mainly calculated using the passing rate from the ISTEP+. But […]

State Board Of Education To Discuss Diploma Updates

The State Board of Education meets Wednesday and will receive an update on the re-write of Indiana’s high school diplomas. These will include some slight changes after public objection sent earlier drafts back through the editing process. The State Board of Education was poised to finalize an update to the state’s diploma types last fall, before many objected to new […]

Teacher Pay And Voucher Expansion Bill Pass Legislature

A bill containing controversial language about collective bargaining for teachers and school vouchers (in the order we address them below) passed both chambers. It survived Thursday’s debate and is now headed to the governor for approval.  House Bill 1005 allows for school districts to give Advanced Placement teachers bonuses without consulting the teacher’s union. Similar language […]

Teacher Scholarship Program A Reality

High school students wanting to be teachers will be able to apply to a state funded scholarship program if they commit to teaching in Indiana after college.   House Speaker Brian Bosma wrote the bill to address the teacher shortage in Indiana. The program allows for 200 students to receive up to $7,500 in tuition assistance […]

Supplemental Pay And Voucher Expansion Still Alive In Session

Language that would allow school districts to give teacher’s bonuses outside of their negotiations with a teacher union made its way back into legislation during the final days of the 2016 legislative session. Two earlier bills would have given teachers supplemental pay outside of collective bargaining. Both died after criticism from teacher unions and educators. […]

Dual Credit Bill Doesn’t Assign Up Dollars For Teacher Tuition

The bill aimed at helping dual credit teachers pay for additional courses heads to Governor Mike Pence, but does not create any concrete programs to give teachers tuition assistance. House Bill 1370 aimed to help dual credit teachers pay for additional courses or degrees required as part of a new state mandate. An example of a dual […]

Controversial Teacher Pay Bill Killed In Senate, Done For Session

The House killed a bill Thursday that would have allowed superintendents to increase pay for teachers outside of the traditional collective bargaining process with a teacher’s union. The controversial SB 10 aimed to help school superintendents attract and retain teachers by allowing them to increase teacher pay at their own discretion and outside of the collective […]

Tony Bennett Lobbying For Indiana Ed Company In Florida

Former state superintendent Tony Bennett, who faced ethics charges after accusations of changing A-F grades in 2013, is back in the political game after registering as a lobbyist to the Florida legislature for an Indiana based education company. Bennett moved to Florida after he lost to current state superintendent Glenda Ritz in the 2012 election. The Florida Board of Education quickly hired him […]

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