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Statehouse Deals Nearing On Budget, Common Core 'Pause,' Vouchers

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis

We might get a better idea Thursday how Indiana General Assembly members will resolve their differences over proposals to expand the state’s private school voucher program and halt implementation of the Common Core academic standards in schools. A deal on the state’s two-year budget is also close, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Wednesday. Lawmakers are hoping to […]

'Nickel And Dime' Energy Savings Adding Up In Cash-Strapped Indiana Districts

From The Elkhart Truth: Local schools are working to continue tightening their budgets, but some have already saved millions in energy costs through the last few years. Several local school districts have integrated an energy program that has teachers, maintenance staff and others chipping in by turning off computers, lights and other electronics, along with engaging […]

Weekly Planner: Federal Government Stays Open, But Many Automatic Cuts Lock In

Head Start students at Eastview Elementary in Connersville listen as their teacher reads a book about dinosaurs.

The federal government won’t shut down on March 27 — that’s the good news. But the continuing resolution the House approved Thursday locks in many of the education-related sequestration cuts for the duration of the fiscal year. From Ed Money Watch: Policymakers opted not to restore funding to key programs like Title I grants for […]

Automatic Cuts Jeopardize Military Service Members' Tuition Benefits

While most programs receiving federal education dollars won’t feel the impacts of sequestration cuts until next school year, there are two exceptions: Head Start programming — we’ve been reporting on that — and military education. In the Vincennes Sun-Commercial, Annie McMindes writes: Vincennes University will have fewer active-duty servicemen taking classes as a result of the […]

Indy Star: Ritz, Lawmakers Hung Up On Details Of Proposed Pre-K Pilot

The Indianapolis Star‘s Scott Elliott has this on a General Assembly bill that would create a $7 million, statewide pre-K pilot program — a proposal that got a lot of tough questions from lawmakers in the Senate Education Committee Wednesday, as Elliott writes: In bit of a surprise, State Superintendent Glenda Ritz was among the critics who asked […]

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