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Federal NCLB waiver solely to blame for ISTEP debacle

February 12, 2015 7 Comments
Federal NCLB waiver solely to blame for ISTEP debacle

After the extended ISTEP testing times were released last week, the outrage of parents and teachers led Governor Mike Pence to issue an executive order to have an expert review and shorten the test before it is administered beginning in March. Initially, Superintendent Glenda Ritz pushed back against this effort, stating she had no plans […]

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Alert! Hearing on “Freedom in Testing” bill tomorrow!

February 10, 2015 0 Comments
Alert! Hearing on “Freedom in Testing” bill tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Wed. February 11th, is the hearing on Senator Schneider’s “Freedom in Testing” bill, SB470. Please come and testify or show your support by attending the hearing, which commences at 1:30pm in the Senate Chamber. It is the second to last bill that will be heard, so you don’t need to be there until 2:30pm, […]

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NCLB reauthorization cements Common Core into federal law

February 3, 2015 6 Comments
NCLB reauthorization cements Common Core into federal law

The U.S. Senate is fast-tracking new legislation titled the Every Child Ready for College or a Career Act of 2015, which will reauthorize No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The author of the bill, Senator Lamar Alexander, claims it’s an effort to restore the power of local and state education agencies, but, in reality, it does the opposite. In fact, […]

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SB277- $60 million dollar unfunded mandate on local schools

January 26, 2015 1 Comment
SB277- $60 million dollar unfunded mandate on local schools

SB277, offered by Senator Jim Merritt, will be voted on this Wednesday, January 28th by the Indiana Senate Education Committee. The bill  “requires a school corporation to employ at least one school counselor at each elementary school, not including private or charter schools, maintained by the school corporation.” This would required your child’s public elementary […]

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Moving standardized, IREAD-3 test down to 2nd Grade – not a good idea!

January 19, 2015 3 Comments
Moving standardized, IREAD-3 test down to 2nd Grade – not a good idea!

Hoosier parents, teachers, and citizens should be aware that legislation (SB169) sponsored by Rep. Erin Houchin (R)  to move the mandatory third grade reading assessment (IREAD-3) down to second grade is scheduled for a vote this coming Wednesday, January 21st, by members of the the Senate Education Committee.  Before they or anyone else decides if […]

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