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  • MAUREEN HAYDEN: 'Return on Investment' report by Indiana Commission on Higher Ed compares value of college degrees

    Indiana higher education officials have long been promoting the value of a college degree, but a new report shows some degrees are much more valuable than others.

    November 8, 2013

  • Judge hears from AG in Ritz-board of ed legal tilt

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Marion County judge is considering Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s argument that state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz cannot sue members of the State Board of Education without his permission.

    November 5, 2013

  • news school bill.jpg Pence announces school safety grants

    Flanked by fourth-grade members of the Ambassadors Club and student council at Cedar Elementary School here, Gov. Mike Pence announced more than $9 million in grants for schools statewide to enhance their security.

    November 1, 2013 1 Photo

  • Ritz expects effort to diminish her authority

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, said Wednesday she is wary of what she sees as a broad effort by Republicans to strip her power, amid growing tension between her and the State Board of Education she nominally chairs.

    October 10, 2013

  • Conservative think tank paid Daniels for speech

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A Purdue University spokeswoman says school President Mitch Daniels was paid for a speech at a conservative Minnesota think tank’s fundraiser that some believe broke his pledge to avoid partisan politics.

    October 9, 2013

  • Indiana, schools sue over IRS health overhaul rules

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana and 15 public school districts are suing the Internal Revenue Service for allegedly overstepping its authority in imposing “employer mandate” regulations on state and local governments under the federal health care overhaul.

    October 8, 2013

  • Congressman standing firm on government shutdown

    Todd Rokita of Indiana’s Fourth Congressional District has been an outspoken opponent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — a k a Obamacare — since it was signed into law in 2010.

    On Tuesday, the first day the federal government partially shut down in 17 years, the Republican congressman wasn’t backing down.

    October 1, 2013

  • Moderate rates set for Indiana insurance exchange

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Insurance plans in the coming federal health insurance exchange are expected to run from just under $100 per month for some single adults to close to $1,000 for family of four.

    September 25, 2013

  • Democrats, labor question Indiana annuity change

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic lawmakers and labor unions are asking the state pension board to delay a change in Indiana’s pension law they say will cost retiring workers thousands of dollars per year.

    September 23, 2013

  • Indiana incomes continue behind national levels

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — New Census Bureau figures show that the income of Indiana households trailed the national median by 9 percent last year.

    September 18, 2013

  • Pence issues flag directive to honor victims of Washington Navy Yard tragedy

    INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence is directing flags at state facilities statewide to be flown at half-staff beginning today, Sept. 17, in honor of the victims of yesterday's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset Friday, Sept. 20.

    September 17, 2013

  • Gov. Pence departs for 9-day trade mission to Japan

    INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence is traveling to Japan for his first overseas trade mission as governor.

    September 5, 2013

  • State’s reading test results show ‘achievement gap’ for at-risk students

    More Indiana third-graders are passing the state’s reading proficiency test, but students who live in poverty or don’t speak English as their native language are failing the test at a higher rate than their counterparts.

    September 5, 2013

  • Pension board change cuts retiree payouts

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers are pressing the head of Indiana’s pension system for answers about a change that would cut into how much retirees collect from their annuity plans.

    August 27, 2013

  • New Indiana state auditor sworn into office

    INDIANAPOLIS — Dwayne Sawyer has been sworn in as the new state auditor, making him the first black Republican to hold a statewide office in Indiana.
    The state’s chief justice administered the oath to Sawyer during a ceremony today at the Statehouse.

    August 19, 2013

  • New Indiana roadway map highlights tourist stops

    INDIANAPOLIS — The new Indiana roadway map highlights many of the state’s tourism destinations.

    August 13, 2013

  • Indiana DOE finds ‘manipulation’ of ‘A-F’ formula

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz says Department of Education staffers have found evidence of “manipulation” in the state’s school grading formula as part of a review stemming from a grade-changing scandal.

    August 7, 2013

  • Official: Indiana infant mortality rate ‘horrible’

    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — Indiana’s top health official said the state’s infant mortality rate remains among the nation’s highest, despite efforts to combat what he called a “horrible” situation.

    August 7, 2013

  • BMV to credit drivers overcharged for licenses

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles says motorists the agency charged too much for driver’s licenses will receive credit for the amount they were overcharged.

    July 12, 2013

  • MET022211statehouse empty.jpg Court lets walk-out fines against House Democrats stand

    INDIANAPOLIS — House Democrats who had to pay more than $100,000 in fines after they walked out of the Indiana Statehouse won’t get the help they sought from the Indiana Supreme Court.

    June 18, 2013 2 Photos

  • Gingerich_AP PHOTO.jpg Prison sentence of 12-year-old prompts new juvenile sentencing law

    Three years ago, when 12-year-old Paul Henry Gingerich became the youngest person in Indiana ever sent to prison as an adult, his story gained international attention and sparked questions about whether children belong behind bars with grown-up offenders.

    June 14, 2013 2 Photos

  • Supt_Ritz 1 .jpg Ritz orders independent analysis of ISTEP results

    Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has hired an outside expert to determine the validity of ISTEP+ test scores of nearly 80,000 students who were kicked offline while taking the high-stakes standardized test.

    June 10, 2013 1 Photo

  • State Education Department hires third party to validate ISTEP+ data

    Indiana schools’ chief Glenda Ritz announced today that she’s hiring an outsider reviewer to determine whether the computer problems experienced by students during ISTEP+ test-taking should invalidate the test results.

    June 10, 2013 1 Story

  • State to lift decades-old ban on switchblades

    For more than a half-century, the only legal access that most Hoosiers had to switchblades was viewing them in the hands of youthful hoodlums in movies such as “West Side Story” and “Rebel Without a Cause.” That's soon to end.

    June 7, 2013

  • New law legalizes midwifery in Indiana

    A new law that legalizes midwifery in Indiana has been a long time coming for women like Mary Ann Griffin, a certified professional midwife and advocate of home births.

    June 7, 2013

  • High Court stays out of Indiana Planned Parenthood funding case

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will not disturb a lower court ruling that blocks Indiana’s effort to strip Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions among its medical services.

    May 28, 2013

  • State won’t use free lunch program as poverty indicator

    Indiana is changing the way it counts low-income students in public schools because Republican legislators suspect fraud in the federal school-lunch program used to measure poverty.

    May 23, 2013

  • Report: State is both ‘leader and laggard’

    A newly released report card on where Indiana ranks nationally in key economic measures shows the state is both “a leader and a laggard” in areas that signal potential for more prosperity.

    May 22, 2013

  • Indiana’s high school grad rate continues upward

    Indiana’s reported high school graduation rate continues to improve, moving from 77 percent to more than 88 percent in less than a decade, but there are still significant achievement gaps marked by race and income.

    May 14, 2013

  • NWS - HB0512 - glenda ritz1 - MH.jpg Schools chief Ritz on fast learning curve

    For many occupants of the Indiana Statehouse, the week after the General Assembly wraps up its final frenzy of work is a quiet one. But not for Glenda Ritz.

    May 12, 2013 2 Photos

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