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Indiana's 2019 legislative session
May 28, 2019
The governor appointed a commission to study teacher pay. So far, they’ve met behind closed doors
Gov. Holcomb's Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission has met privately at least six times, prompting further concerns that educators are being shut out of talks.
a closer look
May 21, 2019
Indiana lawmakers will scrutinize school funding, but virtual schools aren’t on the agenda this summer
Indiana lawmakers will take a closer look at how schools use money from property tax measures and how the state funds education for students in poverty.
May 2, 2019
After years of debate, some stronger oversight of virtual schools signed into Indiana law
Lawmakers’ actions, paired with a funding cut, represent the biggest steps the state has taken to regulate virtual charter schools since they launched a decade ago.
April 29, 2019
‘We’re not there yet,’ Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says on raising teacher pay
Republican leaders and some education advocates declared “tremendous success” for education, but others felt lawmakers left big issues on the table — like teacher pay.
April 24, 2019
‘A shot across the bow’: Indiana cuts back on public funding for virtual charter schools
In the new budget approved late Wednesday, lawmakers dropped funding levels for online students to 85 percent of what students at brick-and-mortar public schools receive.
April 23, 2019
Indiana’s proposed budget boosts education spending. But does it go far enough on teacher salaries?
Indiana lawmakers unveiled a revised budget Tuesday afternoon that would pump $539 million more into K-12 schools.
April 11, 2019
Virtual schools see major budget cuts under Indiana Senate plan
Senate lawmakers have traditionally been more skeptical about virtual schools than their House counterparts.
April 9, 2019
Indiana may be underestimating the number of students in foster care, advocates say
In Indiana, the number of foster children rose 60 percent between 2012 and 2016.
April 8, 2019
This bill was meant to check virtual schools. Now, lawmakers are watering it down again
House education committee members voted 9-0 Monday to amend a Senate bill, further watering it down while folding in measures from similar bills.
March 14, 2019
Parents and educators plead with Indiana lawmakers not to cut aid for ‘those who need it most’
Most of the people who testified before the state subcommittee criticized a House Republican proposal to cut $105 million for high-needs students.
behind the budget
March 13, 2019
Indiana House Republicans suggest slashing $105 million from aid for low-income students
Educators in city schools say they need complexity funding to support children who come to school with more trauma and challenges.
March 9, 2019
Indiana teachers call on lawmakers to ‘do what’s right’ and raise pay during statewide rally
The rally, hosted by the Indiana State Teachers Association, comes as teacher salaries have dominated this year’s legislative debates.
to strike or not to strike?
February 27, 2019
Holcomb hopes Indiana will avoid a teacher strike with proposals for pay raises
Indiana teachers are prohibited by law from striking, but similar laws in other states haven’t kept teachers from walking out.
February 22, 2019
We asked Indiana teachers why they’re leaving the classroom: ‘Death by a thousand cuts’
More than 60 former Indiana teachers responded to a Chalkbeat survey about why they decided to leave teaching.
behind the budget
February 20, 2019
With House plan that adds money for vulnerable kids, all Indianapolis districts would gain
The estimates are far from final, as the Senate will still offer its own budget draft and lawmakers will eventually have to come to a compromise.
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