Rep. Harman and Sen. Head focus on education, small school grant, retired teachers, ISTEP and annexation during Third House

Harmon, Head talk education BY WESLEY DEHNE Staff Writer, The Rochester Sentinel 2/9/15 State Rep. Tim Harmon [sic], R-Bremen, and State Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, presented their legislative updates to a record crowd Saturday. Approximately 70-80 people attended the first of three legislative breakfasts at Manitou Banquet Center, sponsored by the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Fulton County Farm Bureau. Harmon and Head discussed Senate and House bills concerning the state’s budget, education, ethics and public safety. Harmon opened by discussing education legislation, specifically his support for House Bill 1480, which provides … Continue reading

State Board member: Doubling ISTEP testing time bad for students

Indystar.com 2/6/15 By Sarah O’Brien As a parent of school-aged children, a teacher, and a member of the State Board of Education, I was shocked, as were many other Hoosier parents, when the Indiana Department of Education announced over the past two weeks a doubling of the amount of time our students will be taking ISTEP tests this spring. Hoosier parents and education leaders need testing in order to determine how our children are learning and to acknowledge great teaching. However, the amount of testing the Department of Education is … Continue reading