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New Session, Same Question: Where’s The Money For Pre-K In Indiana?

Students sing songs with their teacher at Busy Bees Academy, a public preschool in Columbus, Ind.

Here’s one you’ve heard before: Lawmakers of both political parties at the statehouse are pushing to put state dollars behind an early childhood education program. Yes, pre-K’s back — potentially in the form of legislation that’s “similar to what we had last year,” says House Education Committee Chair Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis. It’s not clear what […]

Despite GOP Assurances, Dems Predict Move To Curb Superintendent Ritz’s Power

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City

Indiana Democratic leaders fear lawmakers may push to strip Superintendent Glenda Ritz of some authority in the upcoming legislative session. Though statehouse Republicans have said such a move is not likely, House Minority Leader Scott Pelath’s prediction comes in the midst of an ongoing conflict between Ritz, the State Board of Education and a new agency […]

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 […]

Where We Stand As Indiana Budget Debate Moves To Senate

Two weeks after Republican House members approved their proposed state budget, Senate lawmakers formally began debate on the two-year spending plan today. Both Gov. Mike Pence and House Republicans called for spending more than $15.3 billion on K-12 education; the total amounts the two sides propose to spend on K-12 education are only $74 million […]

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