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Statehouse policy and politics

A bill at the Indiana Statehouse that aims to hold back more students who fail the state’s reading exam, is advancing. Here’s what its impact could be.

A revised bill targeting absenteeism would require schools to prohibit habitually truant students from extracurricular activities, and would also impose a penalty on parents who make unproven allegations against teachers.

One bill has been stripped of language on civics education to instead focus on allowing chaplains in public schools.

Advocates say a bill to retain third graders could violate the civil rights of 93,000 English learners and conflicts with research on how long it takes to learn a language.

Indiana AG said officials must show that materials posted to ‘Eyes on Education’ were not and are not used or shared.

A bill that would have dramatically expanded school choice in the state failed to move forward but will likely return in 2025.

The website includes examples of “inappropriate” lessons or policies in 13 Indiana districts and one university, but districts say those are inaccurate.

But they say more study is needed to find solutions to bring older students back to schools.

The legislation marks the latest effort by state legislators to shape how schools approach topics related to sex and sexuality.

An Indianapolis lawmaker’s bid to increase charter school transparency comes after a federal indictment of former leaders of two virtual schools.

Lawmakers have filed bills on cell phones and other classroom disruptions to deal with teachers’ growing concerns.

One bill would allow public schools could hire chaplains to serve as counselors, while another would require schools to release students for religious instruction at their parents' request.

The bill would mean big changes for Indiana education, but it’s on hold till next year.

The legislation has support from GOP lawmakers and others worried about a recent decline in reading scores.

A new bill would strengthen current requirements for third graders who don’t demonstrate reading skills to repeat a year.

One proposal would let students use the money to pay for driver’s licenses so they can commute to job sites.

Lawmakers have promised a renewed focus on holding back third graders who can’t read at grade level. They’ll also consider banning cell phones from classrooms and toughening absenteeism laws.

Chalkbeat Indiana is launching a new texting service with updates about bills affecting schools and students.

The legislation follows a Chalkbeat analysis of charter school accountability that found few guardrails for authorizers in state law.