Statehouse policy and politics

Indiana reported an 8.5 percentage point drop in reading scores on state tests among third graders learning English.
Some candidates motivated to run by the unsuccessful curriculum bill worry it will make a comeback next year.
A similar model has already landed another Indiana virtual school in hot water with legislators.
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Advocates believe Indiana can create more thorough sex education and still emphasize abstinence as the best option for teenagers while providing them with medically accurate information about sex in order to seek family planning and health services as adults.
The law strengthens previous restrictions, but so far the state does not seem to be enforcing it.
Conservative pushback against critical race theory threatens to upend the work of Indianapolis schools to close academic gaps for students of color.
The Republican-dominated Indiana state legislature voted to overturn Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of House Enrolled Act 1041, which bans transgender girls from girl’s youth sports.
Education advocates say the proposed middle school civics standards need more specificity, especially in regards to the history of Black Americans and other people of color.
Indiana voters approved seven local property tax increases to send more money to schools, but voted down increases for school construction..
A political newcomer, Andrea Hunley defeated four other Democrats and now goes on to face Republican Evan Shearin in the November general election.
A group of Indiana education leaders is calling for the state to act urgently to address academic disparities for Black students.
School officials hope that Indiana’s low unemployment rate and growing home values will convince voters to pass property tax increases in the May election.
Dubbed enrichment scholarships, Indiana’s voucher-like program will provide each student who qualifies through their score on state tests a $500 grant toward tutoring.
The Indiana legislature didn’t pass restrictions on race and racism or stocking certain material in school libraries, but the bills that did pass are still likely to affect teaching and learning.
A wide-ranging bill to restrict what teachers could say about race and racism died in Indiana despite anticipation that the state would pass it.
Rep. Bob Behning, who is the chair of Indiana’s House Education Committee, tried to clarify his remarks Thursday after they drew criticism on Twitter.
House Bill 1134 restricts teaching three ideas that Indiana lawmakers describe as “divisive,” a limit that has drawn overwhelming public criticism.
The Republican supermajority in the Indiana legislature has watered down some of the most controversial parts of its divisive concepts bill.
Dozens of speakers told Indiana senators Wednesday that no changes could fix House Bill 1134, which bans three “divisive concepts” from the classroom.
Indiana’s House Bill 1134 could be amended to list 3 ‘divisive concepts’ that teachers could not teach and to make curriculum review committees optional for schools.
A Twitter campaign called for The College Board to fire Huston, a top executive, after he voted for an Indiana bill to restrict teaching about race and racism.
The Indiana House and Senate have passed several education-related bills ahead of deadlines. They now go to the other chamber.
House Bill 1190 received support from public speakers and other lawmakers, though some questioned why it was needed if federal law protected free speech on college campuses.
Educators have criticized the Indiana House bill, arguing that it would effectively silence classroom discussions of racism and history as teachers fear losing their licenses over complaints.
For the third year in a row, the Indiana legislature is considering a bill that would require students to fill out the federal financial aid application.
Bills to limit Indiana K-12 lessons could ban a whole slate of history topics that might risk making a student uncomfortable, teachers told legislators.
Two Indiana lawmakers sparred Wednesday over whether a controversial bill seeking to censor curriculum would allow teachers to condemn racism.
An Indiana House bill would require school board candidates to add their political party affiliation to the ballot, or identify as independent.