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Governor Mike Pence plans to increase performance pay for teachers, but some argue the policy he outlined in Tuesday’s State of the State address is not in teachers’ best interests.

Purdue political scientist Robert Browning says the policy may be a way to pacify both conservatives who favor performance pay over raises, but still give pay increases to the 90-percent of teachers who qualify for bonuses because the state regards them as “effective”.

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Groups opposed to a teacher licensing permit that would require no teacher training ahead of time say the proposal is dangerous and poses grave concerns about teacher preparation.

The State Board of Education last week moved forward with a proposal to create a Career Workplace Specialist permit.  It would allow individuals to teach in high school without a teaching degree. 

2013 ISTEP results released

Sep 18, 2013

Students in the West Lafayette Community School Corporation earned a 91.1% passing rate on both portions of this year’s ISTEP exam. That’s third best in the state, behind Carmel Clay Schools and Zionsville. The rate is 78.5% for the Tippecanoe School Corporation and 75% for the Lafayette School Corporation.

Statewide, 73.5% of students passed both English and math portions of the ISTEP. The data shows 79.5% of Hoosier students passed the English portion of the test and 82.7% passed the math part. That's an improvement from 79.4% for English and 81.2% for math in 2012.

Indiana students participating in the state’s voucher program can continue to attend private schools using taxpayer dollars after the state Supreme Court Tuesday deemed the system constitutional.

Opponents of school vouchers had hoped to sway the state’s high court with arguments that the two-year-old program hurts public schools.  Nearly all of the Indiana private schools that accept vouchers have a religious affiliation.