A report out this week finds nearly a quarter of Hoosier high school graduates were not ready for college. That's an improvement from past years, but the state Commission for Higher Education says there is still too many students taking remedial classes at college.
Students across Indiana are in the middle of taking the spring ISTEP+ - a shorter test than was expected, thanks to quick action from state officials, guided by two national consultants. Gov. Mike Pence released Edward Roeber and Bill Auty's full review of the test Monday.
The youngest member of our family will graduate from high school in a few weeks. On Tuesday we wandered the maze-like corridors of the neighborhood school for our very last set of parent-teacher conferences. We said our farewells to beloved faculty members and to the rows of brightly-colored lockers and to the just-a-little-dusty trophy cases and framed and fading photographs of the valedictorians of 1962 and 63 and 64. The cunningly tedious FAFSA financial aid report will put its dagger deep into the heart of our weekend.
Photo: Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana The Indiana Senate passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act yesterday. The controversial bill limits state and local governments from infringing on Hoosiers' religious practices. Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis, says the bill would offer employees extra protections for religious accommodations in the workplace.
Photo: Bill Shaw House Speaker Brian Bosma Tuesday halted a bill opponents say significantly reduces incentives for Hoosiers to use alternative energy for their homes. Proposed legislation made changes to the system by which utility companies purchase excess electricity from Hoosiers who produce energy through alternative means, such as solar panels.
In committee Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, added to his bill stringent new regulations for non-liquor stores that sell alcohol. Those include requirements to section off alcohol to one area in the store and mandating that hard liquor be put behind a counter.
Photo: Courtesy of Joe Wilson Alkaline hydrolysis, a process that uses chemicals to dissolve human remains in place of traditional burial and cremation methods, is one step closer to becoming legal in Indiana. A bill that would legalize the process, commonly referred to as "chemical cremation," cleared the house's Public Health Committee 11 to 1 on Wednesday.
Local communities with casinos could face significant financial losses under changes made Thursday in the House Ways and Means Committee to gaming industry legislation. Communities where casinos are located currently get four pots of money because of those facilities: 1) the admittance tax, 2) the wagering tax, 3) money from the state to supplement previous losses in the admittance tax, and 4) local development agreements, or LDAs - essentially, side contracts with the casinos themselves.
Indiana utility companies say customers who use alternative energy sources such as solar panels aren't paying their fair share for using the state's energy infrastructure. A bill approved Wednesday in a House committee would allow utilities to charge future alternative energy customers a fee.
A Senate committee passed a bill Wednesday that would clarify the state's prohibition on synthetic drugs and the compounds used to make them. The legislation comes after an existing law was overturned by a state appellate court.