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Ethics panel OKs state officers using gov't equipment for campaigning

Ethics panel OKs state officers using gov't equipment for campaigning

INDIANAPOLIS | The seven statewide elected officials can use state property for campaign purposes, so long as they approve a policy statement authorizing themselves to do so.

July 10, 2014 12:18 pm Related

State school board sidelines Ritz

INDIANAPOLIS | The members of Republican Gov. Mike Pence's State Board of Education seized total control of the school policy panel Wednesday by reducing its statutory chairwoman Glenda Ritz, the elected Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, to a mere figurehead.

July 09, 2014 6:30 pm Related

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RICH JAMES: Which office are you seeking, Mike?

RICH JAMES: Which office are you seeking, Mike?

Every other week or so there seems to be another story about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence flitting about New York City or Washington, D.C., in an effort to bolster his stock for a run for president in 2016. Politically, that isn’t far down the road.

July 03, 2014 11:51 am

EDITORIAL: Teachers must learn to teach first

Teachers in Indiana normally go through four years of instruction in how to teach, then begin work on a master's degree once they are placed in charge of a classroom.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am
Superintendent Summit: Ritz vs. Bennett

Superintendent Summit: Ritz vs. Bennett

Former and current superintendents of northwest Indiana school districts discuss the changes in philosophy between Superintendent of Public Instruction for Indiana Glenda Ritz and her predecessor Tony Bennett.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Politics, dollars and Common Core

BRIAN HOWEY: Politics, dollars and Common Core

Did Indiana Gov. Mike Pence change course on Common Core curriculum, with the emphatic support of his super majority Republicans in the General Assembly, to put education standards back in the hands of Hoosiers? Or did he make a political decision that will play well with some factions of Re…

May 18, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Listen to Lux's wisdom on charter schools

RICH JAMES: Listen to Lux's wisdom on charter schools

Would someone please listen to former Merrillville schools superintendent Tony Lux?

May 18, 2014 12:00 am
State School Board endorses easier route to classroom for new teachers

State School Board endorses easier route to classroom for new teachers

INDIANAPOLIS | The State Board of Education agreed Wednesday to create a “career specialist” teaching permit, enabling Hoosiers with three years full-time work experience, but no education training, to become high school teachers in the subject they worked in.

May 14, 2014 10:13 pm

Waiver reopens rift between state education board, Ritz

INDIANAPOLIS | Members of the Republican-appointed State Board of Education got snippy Tuesday with Glenda Ritz, the Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, during an emergency meeting on the potential loss of a key waiver of some federal education requirements.

May 13, 2014 7:51 pm
OFFBEAT: 'American Bandstand' original Arlene Sullivan ready for new book

OFFBEAT: 'American Bandstand' original Arlene Sullivan ready for new book

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Indiana quits Common Core for good

INDIANAPOLIS | Students attending Indiana elementary and high schools will learn material different from what's taught in nearly every other state in the nation, starting this fall.

March 24, 2014 12:20 pm

EDITORIAL: State must turn around troubled schools

The Indiana Department of Education is stepping in at Gary Community School Corp., labeling it a high-risk district. That could allow the state to take control of the district's federal funds, including determining how they're spent.

March 24, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'Muppets Most Wanted' an international funny film hit

OFFBEAT: 'Muppets Most Wanted' an international funny film hit

Even at age 43, I've remained a fan of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Scooter and the rest of the Muppets gang.

March 21, 2014 12:00 am
Out with the new, in with the old?

Out with the new, in with the old?

Educators say Indiana's new standards about what students should know and be able to do at each grade level are not measuring up.

March 16, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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RICH JAMES: Indiana legislative session was waste of money

RICH JAMES: Indiana legislative session was waste of money

It could have been worse. Much worse.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am

Indiana set to dump Common Core education standards

INDIANAPOLIS | The state is poised to become an education island after the Republican-controlled Senate approved legislation Wednesday fully withdrawing Indiana from the Common Core standards used by 45 other states to define what students should learn at each grade level.

March 12, 2014 6:21 pm
RICH JAMES: Back home again in Indiana, honest to goodness

RICH JAMES: Back home again in Indiana, honest to goodness

It’s good to be back home again in Indiana after a brief respite where no one ever has seen snow.

March 12, 2014 12:00 am

Common Core standards nearly kaput in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana is close to terminating its use of Common Core educational standards, which 45 other states have adopted as the basis by which local schools set their curriculum.

February 27, 2014 5:58 pm

House Republicans kill attempt to defund new Pence agency

INDIANAPOLIS | House Republicans stood up for a controversial new state agency last week, voting down a proposal by House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, to defund Gov. Mike Pence's Center for Education and Career Innovation.

February 02, 2014 8:15 pm

Child tan ban, cursive writing mandate approved by Senate

INDIANAPOLIS | More than two dozen legislative proposals were separately approved Thursday by the Republican-controlled House and Senate, sending them across the Statehouse rotunda and into the opposite chamber.

January 23, 2014 3:39 pm Related
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