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July 13, 2016
Too few and too busy: With school counselors overwhelmed, Indiana kids fall through cracks
With Indiana one of the worst states for the number of school counselors per student, counselors don't have enough time to get to everyone.
October 13, 2015
Advocates, unions react to big drop expected for ISTEP scores
The state board of education is expected to vote on recommended ISTEP passing scores at its meeting tomorrow.
September 18, 2014
Study says relying on sales tax could hurt Indiana schools
Indiana’s reliance on sales tax as a critical part of its tax revenue isn’t doing any favors for education funding. A report released by Standard and Poor’s says the rising gap in wealth has led to slower economic growth and could result in a decrease in the money Indiana uses to fund education.
May 20, 2014
Helping kids with college and careers gets tougher, survey says
Of 426 counselors who answered the Indiana Chamber’s survey, 90 percent said they spent less than half of their time helping students prepare for college or careers. Two-thirds of them said that wasn’t enough.
February 4, 2014
Momentum builds for career and technical diploma
A bill to create a new career and technical diploma won unanimous support in the Indiana House yesterday, despite concerns from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce that the state does not need a fifth diploma type. Rep. Wendy McNamara, R-Mount Vernon, argued that the state’s primary diploma, known as the Core 40, has discouraged students from participating in career and technical programs and caused schools to offer fewer of those options.
January 30, 2014
Senate panel votes to void Common Core
A bill that would dump Common Core standards in Indiana has passed a legislative committee and is headed to the Senate floor for a vote later this week. Senate Bill 91's passage means the state will no longer follow Common Core standards as of July 1, author Scott Schneider said, ending months of sometimes intense debate.
January 29, 2014
Senate bill aims to kill Common Core in Indiana
Lawmakers could move to dump Common Core as Indiana’s official state standards under a bill the Senate Education Committee will consider Wednesday. A provision in Senate Bill 91, written by Sen. Scott Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, is focused squarely at killing Common Core in Indiana.
January 27, 2014
Data security efforts raise concerns from Ritz allies
Quietly, three major education data bills are likely to make it though the House or Senate this week and should return in the second half of the legislative session starting next week. The proposals have unnerved teachers unions and testing critics, who fear the new processes they create could paradoxically result in new security concerns or even be used to undermine Ritz, the only Democrat holding a statewide office.
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