Charter Schools

Reform law gives charters leeway to hire unlicensed teachers

May 7, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Legislation that expands charter schools in Indiana also could increase the number of teachers at those schools without licenses, making it easier for educators like Eric Nentrup to take non-traditional paths to the classroom.
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Simon academies shopping for higher profileRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Simon Youth Foundation is looking to become a leading national advocate of alternative education. With a new president, J. Michael Durnil, the foundation hopes to raise more money, find more partners in the business community, and help the public better understand its mission.
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Indiana lawmakers OK bill to expand charter schools

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
A bill aimed at spurring more charter schools in Indiana has cleared its final legislative hurdle, marking another piece of Gov. Mitch Daniels' aggressive education agenda to pass.
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Senate OKs plan aimed at expanding charter schools

April 12, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved Gov. Mitch Daniels' proposal aimed at expanding charter schools, marking the first piece of the governor's sweeping education agenda to clear both the House and Senate.
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Mayor's charter schools director to leave

April 8, 2011
J.K. Wall
Karega Rausch will become the Indianapolis director of Stand for Children, an Oregon-based not-for-profit that pushes education reform through grass-roots organizing and legislative lobbying.
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Controversy brews over judging charter performance

April 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
There is little agreement—but lots of politics and complex statistics—on how to define success and failure in Indiana’s public schools.
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Flexibility eases pain of principal's departure

April 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Carlotta Watch VideoThe abrupt departure of Indianapolis Metropolitan High School's dynamic principal, Carlotta Cooprider, had the potential to deal a major blow to the 430-student charter school. But school administrators, parents and students say the transition was mostly seamless.
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Indy Met Pumas make basketball historyRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The Indianapolis Metropolitan High School boys’ basketball team won the Class 1-A state championship, for the first time in the team’s four-year existence.
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Advocates: Indiana can lead U.S. in schools overhaul

March 30, 2011
Associated Press
Education advocates told hundreds of cheering supporters at a Statehouse rally Wednesday that Indiana could lead the nation in overhauling schools.
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Indiana schools chief says education changes needed

March 22, 2011
Associated Press
State-funded vouchers for private schools and a shift of money to charter schools are necessary steps in the effort to improve Indiana's education system, the state schools superintendent said Tuesday.
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City to close Fountain Square charter school

March 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
The decision to close Fountain Square Academy, announced Friday morning at a press conference, marks the first time Mayor Greg Ballard has chosen to shut down a charter school.
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Panel nixes transportation aid for charter schools

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate panel eliminated part of a proposal on Wednesday that would have required traditional public schools to help provide transportation to students attending charter schools.
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Senate panel considers proposal to expand charters

March 9, 2011
Associated Press
The Senate Education Committee heard hours of testimony about the bill and details of a new study that found Indiana students who transferred to charter schools showed greater learning gains than their peers who stayed in traditional public schools.
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Charter-school boosters tout findings of new study

March 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Charter-school advocates are touting a Stanford University study released Wednesday as support for their case to expand charters throughout the state.
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Dual roles give Bess unusual view into schools

February 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Bess Watch VideoAs a Danville school board member and superintendent of Indianapolis Metropolitan High, Scott Bess is straddling the increasingly contentious chasm between traditional public schools and privately operated charters.
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House passes bill to expand charter schools

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
The House approved the proposal Tuesday on a 59-37 mostly party-line vote following hours of debate. Republicans say the bill would mean more options for families, while Democrats contend that it will erode funding for traditional schools.
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Tax credit would benefit public school foundationsRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Ellettsville Democrat Vi Simpson wants to create an income-tax credit for gifts to public-school foundations, which could compete with one that’s already available for private-school scholarships.
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Charter school's nimble approach could become the norm

January 29, 2011
Francesca Jarosz, J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Metropolitan High School implemented a school-wide overhaul in its educational approach in only three months. The charter school might be the face of the future for all Indiana public schools.
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Mayor OKs school for students with learning disabilities

January 24, 2011
J.K. Wall
If approved by the City-County Council, the new Damar Charter Academy would open later this fall. It would specialize in students with significant cognitive, behavioral or developmental challenges, including those on the autism spectrum.
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Education dominates Daniels' State of State address

January 11, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels urged Indiana lawmakers Tuesday night to be aggressive in making sweeping changes to the state's education system.
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Advocates say most Hoosiers want school changes

January 10, 2011
Associated Press
Advocates met at the Statehouse Monday to push education proposals that have renewed life during this legislative session because of support from Gov. Mitch Daniels and leaders in the GOP-controlled House and Senate.
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Redistricting, education issues also on docket for General AssemblyRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Legislature will consider redistricting along with controversial education issues.
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It may be do or die for Indianapolis charter school

November 6, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) College Preparatory School faces its seventh—and final—review this year, one that could determine its survival.
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New 'Superman' fellowship hoping to start local charter schools

October 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Playing off the new education reform documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman,’” the GEO Foundation is using a $100,000 grant to fund a fellowship to launch charter schools in Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis schools continue big enrollment drop

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Schools lost more than 900 students from last school year, putting it within 800 students of falling behind Fort Wayne's school district as the state's largest.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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