Education

Reading bill clears House Chamber; controversial tenure bill also approved

BY: - February 28, 2024

Lawmakers voted Tuesday to approve two contentious education bills — one would require school corporations to retain students who fail to pass the IREAD exam and another would push colleges and universities to include more conservative instruction.  The reading overhaul in Senate Bill 1 now moves back to its original chamber where senators must approve changes […]

House keeps retention mandate in literacy overhaul bill; makes tweaks to higher ed measures

BY: - February 27, 2024

A mandate to require reading-deficient third graders to be held back a year in school withstood challenges from Democrats on Monday — though some Republican lawmakers joined in opposing stricter retention. The provision in question is part of a GOP literacy overhaul measure, Senate Bill 1, which seeks to remedy Indiana’s literacy “crisis” by requiring […]

Changes to Indiana antisemitism bill drain support from many in Hoosier Jewish community

BY: - February 22, 2024

A major change to a bill that would define and ban antisemitism at Indiana’s public education institutions led to a reversal of support and opposition among those who testified on the proposal at the Statehouse Wednesday. In contention is the removal of a definition of antisemitism adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which […]

Bill sets up cosmetology apprenticeship as licensing alternative to beauty school

BY: - February 22, 2024

Dozens of beauticians, barbers and stylists flooded the Statehouse Wednesday, urging senators to take action on a House bill establishing a cosmetology apprenticeship program but the crowd was evenly split when it came to their views.  Lawmakers appeared more unified than testimony, approving the proposal on a 6-2 vote, with two of the committee’s Democrats […]

Despite changes, bill to end “viewpoint discrimination” still draws ire from college faculty

BY: - February 22, 2024

Indiana’s House Education Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to move a controversial bill that seeks to push speech in college classrooms toward “intellectual diversity.” Debated language from the original draft of the proposal — which would have given House and Senate majority leaders the power to choose some members of the boards of trustees […]

Bills on ambulance insurance, alcohol and bobcat hunting pass Senate, House

BY: and - February 21, 2024

This legislative roundup runs the gamut, covering ambulances, alcohol, bobcats and cell phones. The bills now head to Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Child well-being ticks up in latest KIDS COUNT Data Book

BY: - February 20, 2024

Hoosier children are doing a bit better than they were last year, according to a national ranking of child well-being from the Annie E Casey Foundation — rising from 28th overall to 24th in the country in the latest release.  The Indiana Youth Institute broke down the individual ranking categories in a presentation of its […]

Legislative leaders mum on governor picks — but talk 13th checks, antisemitism

BY: - February 16, 2024

Indiana's top two lawmakers, who are Republicans, kept quiet on which of six GOP candidates they'd back as the state's next governor.

COMMENTARY

Taking a close look at the effects of latest workforce training, higher education bill

BY: - February 15, 2024

Indiana’s legislature is considering House Bill 1001, which contains numerous small changes to previous higher education bills.  Most of its provisions seem pretty straightforward, and simply modify or tweak existing legislation. But there are also some concerns.  The bill would require universities to better compile and maintain reports on graduates, faculty and spending. That is […]

College faculty overwhelmingly opposed to bill seeking to end “viewpoint discrimination”

BY: - February 15, 2024

Faculty from higher education institutions across Indiana descended on the Statehouse Wednesday to speak out against a contentious bill that would increase lawmaker oversight of state colleges and universities and push speech in the classroom toward “intellectual diversity.” Sen. Spencer Deery, R-West Lafayette, has called his Senate Bill 202 a “reform” effort intended to reverse […]

Indiana literacy overhaul bill advances as worries rise over provision to retain more third graders

BY: - February 15, 2024

House lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that seeks to remedy Indiana’s literacy “crisis” despite mounting pushback against a provision that could require thousands of students to repeat third grade. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Linda Rogers, R-Granger, would require schools to administer the statewide literacy test — IREAD — in second grade, […]

House child care bill moves forward

BY: - February 14, 2024

A bill that would increase the number of children allowed to be supervised by unlicensed home providers advanced with full-throated Republican support over the concerns of Democrats on Wednesday. House Bill 1102 would allow such home-based providers to supervise up to seven children before licensing, an increase from the current maximum of five. Additionally, programs […]