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Indiana’s first openly gay major party candidate for governor announced his bid Monday.

Indianapolis tech entrepreneur Josh Owens will seek the Democratic nomination.

Teachers have rallied at schools and the statehouse all year to push for better pay and more respect for their profession, and last month teachers throughout the state flocked to the governor’s teacher pay commission input meetings to reinforce an idea: Indiana’s education policy doesn’t respect public educators. 

Hoosier teachers are telling lawmakers they feel disrespected after last session’s discussion on teacher pay.  And as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, the state schools chief says that’s evident in the amount of teachers leaving the job.

Pat Kennedy leads the Muncie Teachers Association.  She says when she began teaching, it was a career to last your whole professional life.  Now she says mentoring young teachers has changed.

The governor’s Teacher Compensation Commission will host public comment sessions across the state in August. 

Leadership at the state’s largest teachers union is changing this summer, and the incoming president says he plans to focus more on local schools’ needs.

Keith Gambill has been the Indiana State Teachers Association vice president for six years, and later this summer he’ll become president after members elected him to the position this spring.

The chairman of the governor’s commission on teacher compensation says Indiana got teacher pay right once, and can do it again, but it won’t be soon.

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Admitting as much when he used it in this year’s commencement address, Purdue President Mitch Daniels chose what he called a “distasteful, but descriptive word” – snowflake – to describe graduates at some of Purdue’s competitor institutions. President Daniels insists he’s received more positive comments about the remark than about almost any other speech he’s given, but the backlash was swift on social media, saying he shouldn’t have even invoked a term that’s often been co-opted by some conservatives to describe people with whom they don’t agree.

The 2019 legislative session has officially come to an end, and lawmakers’ attempts to address a number of education issues are receiving mixed reviews.

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate reached a final agreement Tuesday on what will likely be the state’s next two-year budget.

Public Gets Final Chance To Testify On State Budget

Apr 18, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The public got its last chance Thursday to weigh in on the budget bill as lawmakers finalize the state’s new two-year, $34 billion spending plan.

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