WRAP-UP: At about 1 a.m. Saturday, lawmakers officially adjourned the 2017 session, passing a new budget with more than $14 billion for education, an ISTEP replacement and a plan for preschool expansion. In this story, Chalkbeat summarizes the major bills that passed.
ISTEP NO MORE: The “ILEARN” testing system in House Bill 1003 passed the House 68-29 and passed the Senate 39-11 late Friday night. It would take effect in 2019. Next, the bill will go to Gov. Eric Holcomb for him to sign into law. Read more from Chalkbeat and StateImpact.
RELIEF FOR MUNCIE: In the final version of the state’s district takeover bill, Muncie was partially spared. The bill would have originally mandated financial and academic oversight for both Muncie and Gary schools. Read more from Chalkbeat, NWI and Star Press.
HISTORY: Indiana public high schools could soon be required to offer Indiana history as an elective. Read more in NWI.