Indiana General Assembly

Indiana's School Grading System In the Spotlight

Aug 5, 2013

The controversy surrounding Indiana’s former superintendent, Tony Bennett, is bringing new attention to the formula state officials use to issue letter grade performance ratings to schools. 

Lawmakers say a new Department of Child Services oversight committee will help increase the agency’s transparency by developing a greater sense of collaboration between the legislature and DCS.

The DCS Oversight Committee was created last legislative session as part of a larger Commission on Improving the Status of Children.

Middlebury Republican Senator Carlin Yoder, who chairs the committee, says it was created because of struggles DCS went through the last several years.

Advocates on both sides of Indiana’s same sex marriage debate are preparing for a fight after the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings Wednesday clear the way for the states to decide the marriage question.

In the wake of ISTEP testing disruptions that have called into question the validity of this year’s tests, the General Assembly this week will hold the first of two hearings investigating the issue.

The General Assembly Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to override Governor Mike Pence’s veto of a tax bill, with Republican leaders saying the legislation is the best fix to a tax problem.

Governor Mike Pence says the creation of a new Biosciences Research Institute announced Thursday will create jobs, attract investment and talent from around the globe and help retain the state’s top graduates.  It’s being called the first industry-led life sciences research institute in the country.

Hoosier women receiving health services from Planned Parenthood of Indiana will not be at risk of losing that access after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in a case challenging an Indiana law attempting to halt state funding to the organization.

State legislative leaders say they’re looking for answers behind recent problems with ISTEP testing that disrupted the exams of thousands of Hoosier students, and they’re forming a study committee to investigate.

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Top state lawmakers will meet at the Statehouse this week to establish the General Assembly’s top priorities for this summer’s study committees, but some are worried about the high number of issues they’ll have to consider this year.

Three Indiana groups whose specialty license plates were suspended last year have been told negotiations to recover them are off.