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This Week At The Statehouse: Education Budget And U.S. History

This week at the Statehouse we saw our first major budget asks for education funding and a slew of bills moving through the process. Here are the highlights. Superintendent McCormick Makes Budget Request Superintendent Jennifer McCormick requested a two year budget for the Department of Education, and it asked for a minimal budget increase for the […]

Union Wants Program To Help Teachers Address Student Trauma

The state’s largest teachers’ union laid out their legislative priorities Wednesday, and one of the group’s goals is to train teachers to deal with student trauma. Indiana State Teachers Association President Teresa Meredith says one of its main legislative priorities is to train teachers to recognize and work with student trauma. Meredith says one in […]

What To Expect From A Pre-K Expansion This Legislative Session

When the General Assembly convenes for the 2017 legislative session, expanding state funded pre-K will be a top priority. Legislative leaders have already said they are motivated to expand the pilot program, On My Way Pre-K, which provides tuition scholarships to a limited number of low-income 4-year-olds – 1,792 are enrolled this year. There are still questions about how far the expansion will […]

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 […]

State Charter School Loan Program Awards Last Grants

The State Board of Education wrapped up its two-year charter school loan program last week. But in that program’s final round, only five charter schools applied. The 2015 General Assembly created the program, allocating $50 million in loans to give to charter schools over two years. In the first year of the program, charter schools […]

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