Statehouse policy and politics

Concerns about reading test scores are driving grants, legislation, and other efforts to improve classroom instruction.
Legislation to auto-enroll eligible students in 21st Century Scholars would mean spending less time trying to enroll students and more time on their success, officials say.
Schools would have to inform parents if a student requests to change their name or pronouns for any reason under the bill.
High school seniors would have until April 15 to fill out the form or get a waiver. Advocates said the bill would make completing the form go from happenstance to a conscious decision.
The bill is in response to claims that pornography is rampant in schools, but its authors couldn’t cite specific titles.
Indiana is one of 41 states where local school board candidates aren’t identified by party on ballots.
The proposed voucher expansion accounts for about a third of additional funding that K-12 schools might receive.
The proposed change would mean a boost in state dollars for charter schools and some small and rural schools.
The changed version of the “don’t say gay” bill also now requires parent consent for pronoun changes.
Lawmakers made some changes, including allowing schools to host joint career fairs, to meet the bill’s requirements.
Supporters say school choice bill would give parents more power, while critics say it would take funds from public schools.
High schoolers beginning with the Class of 2028 would be required to take the class under an Indiana Senate bill.
This year’s proposal would affect state colleges and universities as well as K-12 schools.
Legislation would make all students eligible for Education Scholarship Accounts, regardless of family income.
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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.
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