Governor Mitch Daniels’ eight years in office is being remembered as a time of big changes and sweeping reform that’s left the state markedly different than it was. Both supporters and opponents say Daniels was decisive and left no doubt as to who was in charge. But whether changes made under the Daniels administration were positive depends a lot on who you talk to.
A state panel has voted to make it easier for non-education majors who earn Bachelor’s degrees to get teaching jobs. That’s one part of a broad package of changes to Indiana’s rules for teacher licensing the State Board of Education approved Wednesday. But opponents fear the new standards sets the bar too low.
The State Board’s final 9-2 vote ends months of debate on the proposal known as “REPA II.” State education officials say the new guidelines give schools more flexibility in the teacher hiring process.
A U-S District judge has ruled against atheist organization the Center for Inquiry in its bid to strike down Indiana’s marriage statute as unconstitutional.
Marriage in Indiana is a two-step process: receiving a marriage license and making the marriage official. The state’s marriage statute specifies who can perform that second step – the clergy of any religious group and certain government officials like mayors and judges.
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state’s school voucher program Wednesday, but at least one analyst says the challenge is facing an uphill battle.
Earlier this year, Marion Superior Court Judge Michael Keele denied a school voucher challenge that was brought by teachers and parents and backed by the Indiana State Teachers Association. The Supreme Court decided to take the case on appeal directly, rather than allowing the state Court of Appeals to hear it first.
As Governor Mitch Daniels’ official portrait was unveiled Tuesday, he says he hopes the accomplishments of his administration will far outlast Hoosiers’ memory of him.
The portrait shows Daniels standing in his office, without a suit coat, leaning against a chair and holding a pen in his hand. Lafayette native Richard Halstead, one of 43 applicants, was commissioned by the Indiana State Museum to paint it.
Halstead says Daniels had only one request – that the painting not be artificial or unnatural.
Gubernatorial candidates Mike Pence and John Gregg briefly launched attacks on each other’s records during Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate. But none of the candidates used the forum to say things they haven’t already been saying.
The Indiana Republican Party is holding a presidential debate watch party Wednesday as President Obama and Governor Romney take the stage in Denver. The state Democratic Party will likely host an event for the second debate.
State Republican Party spokesman Pete Seat said the debate parties are a great way to connect with friends and fellow Republicans and experience the debates in a community setting.