Bob Behning

Indiana’s governor will appoint the next leader of the state department of education in 2021, and that’s prompted lawmakers to consider merging three key state education groups to better align education policymaking and oversight power in the state.

Policymakers say they want to hold schools harmless for major drops in student achievement on the state’s new ILEARN test, after mounting pressure from school leaders and parents.

The Governor's Workforce Cabinet voted to award several large grants at a meeting Thursday in Indianapolis. But some cabinet members were concerned they didn’t have enough information about the proposals they were voting on.

The accountability system for Indiana's public schools could change. Yet whether that means added flexibility to the controversial A-F format or blowing up the system entirely remains to be seen.

House Unanimously Passes Bill To Help Foster Parents

Apr 15, 2019

The House unanimously approved a bill that makes a number of changes to Indiana’s foster system – including giving foster parents more of a voice.

Lawmakers are looking at ways to improve the resolution process when parents file formal complaints against a school for not providing services their child needs, but it could be some time before changes are implemented.

Both the Senate and House have approved their own versions of a virtual education bill, but some worry the proposed new rules for virtual education moving forward don’t do enough.

Lawmakers backed off a proposal Monday that would have forced school districts to share referendum dollars with nearby charter schools.

Lawmakers: We Need More Data To Address Teacher Pay

Feb 11, 2019

Teacher groups and policymakers want more people to see teaching as a serious profession, and say increasing pay is part of the equation. And while lawmakers are working to address a host of teacher-focused issues, they also say a number of unknowns remain.

Lawmakers proposed new rules for Indiana’s poorly-rated virtual schools after years of failing letter grades and calls for them to improve. A measure heard in a House committee Wednesday would help, but many say it’s just a start.

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