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The Indiana Department of Education has updated its guidelines to help school officials and parents decide how schools can reopen safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Education has always been an issue in Indiana’s gubernatorial race but it’s gained even more importance in this year’s election.

And that’s not only because of the novel coronavirus pandemic ravaging the state’s budget, invading classrooms, quarantining hundreds of students and further disrupting schools across the state.  

The governor has always had the power to influence education policy in their state. They sign state budgets and other legislation, can suspend or enact regulations through executive action and appoints the majority of the members of the Indiana State Board of Education, which controls everything from academic standards to high school graduation requirements.

Starting next year, Indiana’s governor will also appoint its top education official.

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Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and Democratic challenger Woody

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Gov. Holcomb proposes ‘solution’ for school funding

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The Indiana Department of Education has updated its guidelines to help school officials and parents decide how schools can reopen safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday what he called a “solution” to the school funding crisis that erupted last week when a top lawmaker said schools that didn’t open for in-person instruction would only get a percentage of the state dollars they were banking on for this year. 

Holcomb is asking the Indiana State Board of Education to delay the fall count of student enrollment — the day on which schools count all their students in attendance, and must designate them as in-person or virtual — through at least December.

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Eric Holcomb gives a a wide-ranging press conference in the Governor’s Office, Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.  (Photo: Robert Scheer/IndyStar)

“This solution will put to rest lingering questions or

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Gov. Holcomb proposes ‘solution’ for school funding amid the pandemic

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday what he called a “solution” to the school funding crisis that erupted last week when a top lawmaker said schools that didn’t open for in-person instruction would only get a percentage of the state dollars they were banking on for this year. 

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Eric Holcomb sitting on a table: Eric Holcomb gives a a wide-ranging press conference in the Governor's Office, Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.


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Eric Holcomb gives a a wide-ranging press conference in the Governor’s Office, Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.

Holcomb is asking the Indiana State Board of Education to delay the fall count of student enrollment — the day on which schools count all their students in attendance, and must designate them as in-person or virtual — through at least December.

“This solution will put to rest lingering questions or concerns,” Holcomb said in a press release, “so schools can continue to focus on opening schools safely and educating

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