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State Superintendent Glenda Ritz's office believes politics were behind the delay on the approval of ISTEP pass/fail scores, an accusation vehemently denied by the spokesman for the State Board of Education. The board delayed until a special meeting October 28 the consideration...
A yearlong study of options for funding Indiana's roads finds the numbers difficult to pin down. Massachusetts consultant Cambridge Systematics says increasing fuel efficiency is trimming gas tax revenues, the traditional source of road funding, by one-percent a year. Joe Guerre...
Legislators don't expect another round of tightening laws against cyberpredators in the upcoming session. In recent years, legislators have made it illegal to arrange a sexual rendezvous with someone you think is underage, whether they are or not. And they've moved to crack down...
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says Hoosiers should always be prepared for the possibility of earthquakes. IDHS Spokesman John Erickson says Indiana is taking part in the "Great Central U.S. Shakeout" drill Thursday morning at 10:15. Indiana is one of 14 states that...
The state says at least six Indiana income-tax credits aren't accomplishing much. Legislators last year ordered a comprehensive five-year review of all state tax incentives -- 14 tax breaks got a look in Year Two. Pete Holloway with the Office of Fiscal and Management Analysis...
Municipal elections are 20 days away in Marion County. Marion County Clerk Myla Eldridge says early voting numbers thus far are dismal. Eldridge says early voting during the first week of this election was down by more than 50% compared to the first week of the General Election...
The State Board of Education has put off setting the cut scores for passing ISTEP after last-minute concerns about the test's validity. Students who do ISTEP on paper receive a slightly different test from those who do it on computer. Indiana Department of Education director of...
Former Democratic Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton is weighing in on Tuesday's Democratic debate. Hamilton, now Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, says Hillary Clinton appeared most presidential. Hamilton says he doesn't think the fact that Clinton is a...
Legislators are struggling to control rising property taxes on farmland. Farmland is taxed not on what it would be worth to someone else, but its productivity value as farmland. Purdue property tax specialist Larry DeBoer says those assessments are four years out of date -- the...