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Board ponders new Indiana school 'A-F' grades

October 1, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana education leaders inched closer Wednesday to approving a new system for grading the state's schools, nearly a year after a secret overhaul of the school-grading formula by then-Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett was revealed.
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Data deluge prompts teacher colleges to extend training after graduation

September 13, 2014
J.K. Wall
Rattled by new state teacher ratings, the colleges hope to avoid black eyes, themselves.
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Ritz asks for money to cover textbook costs

September 5, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz is also asking for a 3-percent increase in education spending.
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State OKs rules to license teachers without education degrees

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
The State Board of Education approved new rules Wednesday for teacher licensing that make it easier for college graduates without education degrees to get jobs in Indiana classrooms.
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Indiana teachers face new standards, revised test

August 30, 2014
Associated Press
With the school year underway, teachers are still scrambling to bring themselves and their students up to speed on the state's new education standards only months before students take a revamped, high-stakes exam assessing their grasp of the new curriculum.
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Indiana gets 1-year waiver of federal schools law

August 28, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday granted a one-year extension of Indiana's waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law after the state resolved concerns.
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ISTA urges Pence to seek accountability delay

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's largest teachers union is urging Gov. Mike Pence to support freezing the state's education accountability system for one year because of revisions to the ISTEP test being driven by the state's new academic standards.
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Former Bennett chief of staff at center of $1.7M contract complaint

August 20, 2014
Associated Press
A former top education official's role in the sale of $1.7 million of equipment to Indiana is raising new questions about the strength of the state's ethics laws.
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Teachers, students facing new state standards

August 12, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana teachers and students starting the new school year will have to quickly get up to speed on the state's new academic standards, drafted only months ago to replace the national Common Core standards.
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Indiana agrees to $3M settlement in school test hitch

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's state schools superintendent says she has reached a $3 million settlement with CTB/McGraw-Hill after disruptions to standardized tests last year.
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ISTEPs bring 'mixed bag' for Indiana charter schools

August 4, 2014
Associated Press
Performance among Indiana's charter schools on the 2014 ISTEP tests ran the gamut from low passing rates to rates similar to the state's best public schools.
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Indiana education split plays out in No Child request

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
A new critique of Indiana's efforts to maintain its exemptions from the No Child Left Behind requirements, written by top staff to Gov. Mike Pence, is widening a rift between state education leaders as federal officials near a decision on the waiver.
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UPDATE: Court allows education board lawsuit to proceed

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
A Marion County judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit to proceed against members of the State Board of Education that alleges public access violations.
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Indiana Democrats deal with education split

July 21, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The fighting has exposed a deep rift within the party over how students are educated.
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UPDATE: Bennett accepts $5,000 fine in ethics settlement

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has agreed to pay $5,000 as part of a settlement in which he admits to using state resources for campaign work but is cleared of formal ethics violations in a grade-change scandal.
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Education board measures would curb Ritz's powers

July 9, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said Wednesday she would have her lawyers review a pair of measures from the State Board of Education that would reduce some of her powers as board chair.
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Education battle flares between Ritz, Pence

July 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz accused Gov. Mike Pence's education staff and appointees to the State Board of Education of trying to "undermine" her efforts to secure a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
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UPDATE: Deal set in ex-schools chief Bennett's ethics case

July 7, 2014
Associated Press
Inspector General David Thomas filed charges against Tony Bennett last November alleging he used state employees and resources in his failed 2012 re-election campaign.
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Indiana requests new No Child Left Behind waiver

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
At stake is control over a portion of the more than $200 million in federal "Title I" education funding that Indiana receives each year.
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Indiana students to face 2 new tests next 2 years

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
Major changes in the state's education policies will have Indiana students taking new, different standardized tests in each of the next two academic years, officials said Monday.
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State awards $8 million in school-improvement grants

June 20, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
The grants – funded by the federal government – are awarded to schools that demonstrate a need for the money and plan to use the funds to raise achievement levels.
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Pence urges feds to OK education standards waiver

June 16, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
The waiver allows Indiana to set different state standards for education without having to fully comply with the rules set by the controversial federal law.
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State awards $9 million to boost school safety

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
The funds will be split between purchasing new equipment for schools and hiring resource officers.
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Outside group calls for audit of teacher evaluation programs

June 3, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
Stand for Children Indiana said the teacher evaluations conducted last year were inconsistent and that some districts failed to conduct annual evaluations of all certified educators.
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State education board taps former IPS principal

May 21, 2014
Associated Press
Former Harshman Middle School Principal Bob Guffin is set to become the board's new executive director.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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