HR 5- State legislators on the hook for requirements of ESEA Reauthorization?

March 1, 2015 1 Comment

The Student Success Act (HR5) sponsored by Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Representative John Kine (R-MN) to re-authorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB) requires state legislators to agree to any conditions required under the Act to receive the associated federal funding. Please ask your state representative and state senator to read the excerpts […]

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ALERT: Rep. Todd Rokita’s ESEA bill- removes state and parent rights!

February 19, 2015 8 Comments
ALERT: Rep. Todd Rokita’s ESEA bill- removes state and parent rights!

The Student Success Act (HR 5), introduced by Rep. John Kline (R-MN) and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), passed the House Education Committee and is scheduled for a vote this Tuesday before the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which the authors claim will undo the damage of […]

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Governor Pence takes a stand for freedom and local control of education

February 18, 2015 7 Comments
Governor Pence takes a stand for freedom and local control of education

Last week, Governor Pence took a stand for restoring freedom and local control to Indiana schools, when he chose to publicly support Senator Schneider’s “Freedom in Testing” bill, SB470.  The bill, which would allow private schools that accept vouchers to choose from a variety of nationally norm-referenced assessments to comply with state accountability measures, rather […]

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Should Hoosiers support Glenda Ritz’s plans for ISTEP?

February 17, 2015 5 Comments
Should Hoosiers support Glenda Ritz’s plans for ISTEP?

Following public outrage over the new ISTEP, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), in consultation with testing experts, offered a plan to the Indiana State Board of Education (ISBOE) to cut the testing time by three hours, from over twelve to around nine hours. State Board of Education member Andrea Neal supported the time-cutting measures […]

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School officials bullying parents into taking ISTEP?

February 12, 2015 8 Comments
School officials bullying parents into taking ISTEP?

There are reports of substantial misinformation being spread by school officials regarding a parent’s right to withhold their children from school during the upcoming ISTEP test. I’m not sure if this comes directly from Glenda Ritz’s office or if school district administrators are generating it on thier own accord, but,  either way, it wouldn’t surprise me. […]

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